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Beautiful Ipswich initiative will spruce up suburbs

08 December 2016

Building stronger partnerships with local communities, beautifying Ipswich suburbs and boosting civic pride is the focus of a new initiative launched today.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale joined with Division 3 Councillor Kerry Silver to launch the Beautiful Ipswich program at Goupong Park at Collingwood Park.

“Today we launch a new initiative that is all about revitalising our suburbs and encouraging the people of Ipswich to stand tall,” Cr Pisasale said.

“When I was re-elected in March, I made it very clear one of the key priorities of this council would be to raise the bar in suburbs across Ipswich to promote civic pride and a sense of belonging.

“Collingwood Park and Riverview are the first cabs off the rank, with a series of improvements including suburb entry statements, landscaping in local parks and street scaping planned.

“We will also be focusing on improving pathways and waterways.”

Division 3 Councillor Kerry Silver said Beautiful Ipswich was about council and the community working together to achieve positive and lasting change across the city.

“I am very happy that Collingwood Park and Riverview in Division 3 have been selected as the pilot suburbs for this exciting new program,” Cr Silver said.

“Beautiful Ipswich will help to build our community’s capacity to actively partner with council to develop a greener and cleaner Ipswich.

“It is about encouraging residents to take pride in their suburb and develop a deeper connection with their community.

“The suburb entrance statements in particular will provide an enhanced sense of place and I am confident this program will be welcomed by residents in Collingwood Park and Riverview.”

Under the program, home owners can request free trees for the roadside verge outside their property.

“Home owners wanting to take part need to register their interest with after which council will assess their property for suitability of a street tree,” Cr Silver said.

Collingwood Park and Riverview have been selected as pilot suburbs for the program, which if successful will be rolled out to other areas.

Tenants will require the homeowner’s permission before planting any trees.

For more information on Beautiful Ipswich go here.

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