Book ahead to enjoy public parks

THE SPUR of the moment party in the park idea may not be the spur of the moment event it used to be.

With the summer holiday season looming up quickly, the idea of packing the family into the back of the car and down to a council-owned park for an afternoon barbecue is still all good – but picnickers be warned.

If you don’t book the spot or spots where you want to laze the day away, you are taking a bit of a chance.

“Anyone planning a function should check with the council’s customer service to see if the area is already booked,” a Fraser Coast council media release explained yesterday.

“Anyone who has booked a park area needs to have their booking confirmation letter with them when they hold their function so they can show people that they are authorised to use that area.”

Signs that will make people aware that the area has been booked are being prepared by the council.

The new booking system came into being on July 1 along with new charges for booking parks and gardens for functions.

People wanting to book the Botanic Gardens in Hervey Bay or Queens Park in Maryborough had to previously pay reservation fee.

Now reservation is the order of the day, right across the Fraser Coast.

The council says its decision to set fees for the hire of its parks and gardens is a reflection of it desire to support not-for-profit community organisations and groups.

For further information contact the booking officer on 1300794929.

PARTY PRICES

Small event (e.g. family reunion) – $25 per day

Large event (over 100 people) – $100 per day

Botanic Gardens, Hervey Bay – $25 per day

Queens Park, Maryborough – $25 per day

Orchid House, Hervey Bay – $50 per day

Dayman Park Building, Hervey Bay – $50 per day



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