Playground, picnic shelter and pathways part of Brennan Park upgrade

Published 06 June 2022

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Council is giving the popular Brennan Park at Bongaree a new lease on life, with new playground equipment, park furniture and a picnic shelter to enjoy shady spots and views over the water.

The Landscape Construction Company Pty Ltd has been selected to undertake the construction work, due to start in August at a cost of $835,128 and expected to take about four months to complete.

Mayor Peter Flannery said the park attracted people from near and far and its improvement works would ensure residents and visitors continued to flock there to enjoy the outdoors, enriching their lives and improving their wellbeing.

“Brennan Park is a prime example of what makes Bribie Island so beautiful, with its incredible outlook over Pumicestone Passage, the abundant birdlife and the quiet, shady spots to gather with friends and family,” Mayor Flannery said.

“It is close to Bongaree Jetty, so you can launch your craft for a spot of fishing, and close to popular eateries to enjoy the fresh catch of the day.

“Because Brennan Park is such a calling card for visitors, and a community hub for residents, it’s important that it’s welcoming and encourages everyone to come, to enjoy and to return.

“Council is upgrading Brennan Park as part of our Regional Community Wellbeing Strategy so that we have vibrant communities with attractive places for fitness, recreation and sporting activities.

“Residents who already love coming to Brennan Park for Council’s Fitness for Older Adults sessions, for example, will want to stay to enjoy everything else the park has to offer.

“Brennan Park has so much going for it, with its amazing location on the water, that a Council investment in new facilities is sure to make it even more attractive for social gatherings and recreational activities.

“I am looking forward to seeing the landscaping, the picnic shelter and the park furniture, the upgraded playground equipment, as well as the new pathways and sandstone block walls.”

Cr Brooke Savige (Div 1) said the improvement works would keep everything that residents and visitors alike loved about Brennan Park and would add new playground and safety features.

“The park is a hub for Bribie Island and is well utilised. It’s close to the thriving business area of the island, right on the water and a green and quiet oasis,” she said.

“We want to make sure it stays a place people are drawn to, so it will be great to see an upgrade that provides wonderful new - and modern - facilities, including additional seating, nature-based play options and a renew of the softfall areas.

“Most of the well-loved equipment will be retained so that people will continue to enjoy it during their outings to the park.

“Some equipment that has reached the end of its service life will be replaced and some new elements will be incorporated, adding to what is already a popular park with a host of amenities.

“The upgrade project will also improve accessibility and sun safety and meet community expectations.

“Importantly, we will also conduct stormwater drainage work to ensure Brennan Park can cope with the kind of prolonged wet weather we have been experiencing so far this year.

“Our plan for Brennan Park captures the essence of the area, known and loved for being a very natural and shady spot, and we will make sure we protect and enhance these elements.”

During the park upgrade, sections of Brennan Park will be closed to residents for short periods, including barricading erected around the playground equipment.