03 May 2022
Groups are now able to book the new Hardings Paddock Community Hut, located on the doorstep of the sprawling Flinders-Goolman Conservation Estate.
Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said the new off-the-grid facility surrounded by the natural beauty of an Enviroplan-funded conservation estate would be perfect for uses such as school groups, meetings and small functions.
“We want to encourage environmental and community groups to make use of this new facility in such special surrounds,” Cr Milligan said.
Deputy Mayor Division 1 Councillor Jacob Madsen said Hardings Hut was constructed to be self-sufficient with a wastewater treatment system, solar power, kitchen and disability access.
“The design of the hut, with gable roof, large northern veranda and corrugated cladding is in keeping with the farm style of other buildings in Hardings Paddock,” Cr Madsen said.
Division 1 Councillor Shelia Ireland said Hardings Paddock was one of the best access points to explore the estate’s rugged volcanic peaks, and was fantastic for bird watching, family-friendly walks along the Bush Tucker Trail, mountain bike and horse riding as well as offering low-cost camping facilities.
“The new hut will complement these estate uses, and provide a base for related environmental education, conservation work and nature-based activities,” Cr Ireland said.
Find booking information by searching for ‘Hardings Paddock’ at Ipswich.qld.gov.au/parkssearch
The Hardings Paddock Community Hut was developed with the support of the Queensland Government’s Unite and Recover Community Stimulus Package in association with Ipswich City Council’s Enviroplan program.