$1.5 million upgrade for Burpengary’s much-loved environmental centre

Published 23 August 2023

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A one-of-a-kind, nature-themed adventure playground is set for construction in Burpengary, helping children of all ages to get active while learning more about Moreton Bay’s incredible natural assets.

City of Moreton Bay has invested $1.5 million into upgrades of the recreation space at the beloved Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre (CREEC), situated on 18-hectares of greenspace along the Burpengary River.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the works, due to start late 2023, will expand the existing playground to delight visitors from far and wide.

“CREEC offers nature walk trails, a community nursery, native beehives, a ‘nocturnal room’, and a café, and supports environmental education and recreation activities for the community,” he said.

“When phase one is completed in early 2024, we’ll see custom play equipment and nature-based features come together to create a signature park destination for the City of Moreton Bay.

“The new play space will attract visitors from across Moreton Bay and wider, improving our ever-growing tourism offering and bringing additional trade to local businesses.

“Council sought feedback from centre users and staff in the planning and design process to ensure that the facility meets the needs and expectations of the local community.

“The finished product will be yet another great, free, recreation space making outdoor fun more accessible, sustainability a focal point, and healthy and active lifestyle choices easier.

“And this is just phase one. We have more big plans for this local treasure to be delivered over the next few years.”

This first stage of CREEC upgrades will include installation of custom play equipment inspired by the natural environment and landscaping to suit. Further planned activities include:

  • upgrades to the Environmental Education Centre and amenities
  • construction of a new picnic hub with tables, seats and shelters
  • construction of additional car parking
  • enhancing trails to make them fully accessible.

Cr Tony Latter (Division 12) said Council was committed to preserving the region’s natural environment and to supporting those who did the same.

“Not only is the CREEC a great place for an affordable family day out, it’s helping Moreton Bay residents and visitors to care for our natural assets through education and awareness,” he said.

“Council is thrilled to bring new life to this local Burpengary favourite and, of course, we’ll ensure protection of our native wildlife and flora are top priority while we build.”

Access to existing CREEC facilities at 150 Rowley Road, Burpengary will not be impacted by the works. For more information or to view the site’s Master Plan, visit: Caboolture Region Environmental Education Centre draft master plan - City of Moreton Bay