Power Park at the site of the old Howard power station on the Burrum River.
Power Park at the site of the old Howard power station on the Burrum River. Alistair Brightman

Community group to take control of Howard's Power Park

HOWARD'S Power Park is expected be handed to a community group and unemployed youth for maintenance and management after the council refused to own it.

The park was front page news in March when facilities were promptly removed due to ongoing safety concerns including sinkholes and asbestos.

The State Government and the Fraser Coast Regional Council traded the blame for the closure of the park.

With the council not wanting to add the park to their list of spaces to maintain, the State Government suggested turning it into a nature reserve.

But Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders had suggested the park would be better suited to a community group if the council didn't take it.

"We're in talks with the relevant departments to do costings and hand it to a community group," he said.

"Failing that we would turn the park into a nature reserve."

The Burrum District Community Centre has been touted as one organisation that may be able to maintain the park.

But president Faye Whiffen said no decision would be made by her committee until the State Government had released details and costing had been done.

"The community here would welcome the opportunity for Power Park to be operational," she said.

But Ms Whiffen stressed that no formal discussions had been had with Mr Saunders.

She said the not-for-profit group would do their research before a decision is made.

The Chronicle understands unemployed youth from the Fraser Coast area could be hired to mow and maintain the park if a community group accepts the park.

The boat ramp road running through the park to the Burrum River is under the council's control and will remain open.



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