The reopening of Redland City Council’s popular IndigiScapes Environmental Education Centre will be celebrated on Friday 21 February at a special community event.
The event, which also marks the centre’s 20th anniversary, follows a $3 million transformation of the centre – including new theatrette, interpretation centre and café – funded by Council with the assistance of the State Government.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the project marked the evolution of IndigiScapes into one of Queensland’s premier eco-destinations built around an active community environmental centre.
“IndigiScapes is one of Redlands Coast’s true treasures. It was the first of its type in Australia when it opened 20 years ago and, thanks to the latest upgrades and the very busy environmental program they support, it remains a leader in its field,” Cr Williams said.
“At the same time, it has become a popular spot with more than 40,000 people visiting each year, and that popularity will only increase thanks to the upgrades.
“It really is a wonderful example of a sustainable eco-tourism attraction which has a strong emphasis on community working with Council to manage and improve our naturally wonderful environment.”
Division 7 Councillor Murray Elliott thanked the State Government and Local Government Minister Stirling Hinchliffe for helping to fund the new facilities, which include the Discovery Centre, IndigiCafe, gift shop, theatrette and conference facilities, grandstand seating and garden improvements.
“This investment, which follows the state’s support for the new nursery which opened last year to supply local native plants for gardeners and Council projects, allowed us to make improvements which might otherwise have been out of reach,” Cr Elliott said.
“It is much appreciated. So, too, the patience of residents while this popular spot has been a construction site over recent months but we think you will find the result has been well worth the wait.”