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Community embraces parkland walk and talk days

Redland City Council’s Walk and Talk days, held 16-17 June, were a resounding success. Over 100 residents took part and gave vital feedback, both verbally and by completing over one hundred neighbourhood surveys and eight walkability surveys.

The Walk and Talk days were a community engagement activity for Open Space Strategy, the City’s open space planning blueprint for the next 14 years.

As part of the event, people were invited to checkpoints at Cleveland, Alexandra Hills, Victoria Point and Wellington Point to give their views on our parklands and open spaces, and the strategy recommendations. They could then go for a walk with council officers, complete a Heart Foundation walking checklist and have a chat.

There was also a children’s activity station, where kids could draw what they loved about local parks.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the Walk and Talk days were a great example of Council seeking new ways to speak to residents.

“This project highlights Council’s commitment to listening to residents and finding different ways to gather information about our community’s needs and expectations.

“The Walk and Talk Days are a culmination of four months of community engagement on this project, and their success is a clear indication of how deeply people care about our neighbourhood parklands and open spaces.”

The Walk and Talk days were co-funded with the Local Government Association of Queensland, after Redland City Council successfully applied for a grant.

This project is one of only five to receive funding in Queensland, and will be used as a Healthy Communities demonstration project for local councils throughout the state.

Community engagement on the open space strategy is due to close on 30 June. Mayor Karen Williams extended her thanks to all those who have provided feedback.

“Whether you have commented on the strategy, completed a walkability checklist or shared your views at a Walk and Talk day, your feedback is valued and will be taken into consideration when the strategy is finalised for Council approval,” the Mayor said.

Walk, talk and shape the future of Redlands parks and open spaces

Redland City Council is asking every-one to contribute to the finalisation of the Redland Open Space Strategy by attending a ‘Walk and Talk’ day this weekend.

The Redland Open Space Strategy will form the ‘blueprint’ for neighbourhood parks and open spaces for the next 14 years, and attending one of our special ‘Walk and Talk’ days is the latest way for you to provide feedback.

Invite your friends and family, head to a local ‘Walk and Talk’ meeting point and share your ideas on the Redlands’ open spaces! You can join Council officers for a guided walk or follow your own favourite trail and provide feedback via a Heart Foundation walking checklist. Have a free coffee and chat about your ideas for local parks, while the kids enjoy the free art activity table.

You can also sign up to join a Heart Foundation walking group to go for regular walks with friendly people in your area.

Visit one of the following Redland City Council ‘Walk and Talk’ checkpoints to join in and have your say.
Saturday 16 June: 9am – 12noon, Alexandra Hills Shopping Centre (inside the shopping centre) 1pm – 4pm, Wellington Point Village, Main Street (footpath outside shops)

Sunday 17 June: 9am – 12 noon, Cleveland Library Square, Cleveland 1pm – 4pm, Pelicans Nest Shopping Centre, Colburn Avenue (near post office)

Other ways of getting involved include viewing and commenting on the strategy online, joining a focus group or completing a walkability checklist for your area. The strategy can also be viewed at Council Libraries and Customer Service Centers.

To learn more about Redland Open Space Strategy and plans for your neighbourhood park, go to www.redland.qld.gov.au/openspace or telephone 3829 8707.