Gallipoli Park Pump Track and Recreation Development Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT ACTIVE COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE
Active Community Infrastructure is an initiative under the Queensland Government’s Activate! Queensland 10-year Strategy to get more Queenslanders moving more often. Activate! Queensland’s success indicators for the Activate Environments priority area:
- Places and spaces to support physical activity for everyone
- Increased access to physical activity facilities
- Fit-for-purpose places and spaces for physical activity
- Collaborations improving community physical activity outcomes
The initiative will deliver around 150 infrastructure projects to benefit Queensland communities over the next three years. The initiative aims to:
- Improve accessibility and provide a greater range of functionality and adaptability of places and spaces
- Increase opportunities for individuals and communities to use places and spaces
HOW IS THE PROJECT FUNDED?
Mount Isa City Council submitted an expression of interest for the Gallipoli Park Pump Track and Recreation Development under the Queensland Government's Active Community Infrastructure Funding Stream. The project was endorsed by the State and a 100% contribution of $895,000 (excl. GST) awarded to Council for the project.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE PROJECT?
The Project focused around the development of a pump track and will include a range of complementary ancillary equipment.
Key elements proposed:
- Asphalt pump track
- "Pedal park" track for young children and families
- Free exercise equipment
- Shaded seating
- Barbecue areas
- Art space
- Landscaping and beautification including significant landscaped buffers to soften the impact on surrounding allotments
WHY WAS THIS LOCATION CHOSEN?
A number of locations were considered and assessed for viability under the following criteria.
Under the Mount Isa City Council Local Government Infrastructure Plan (LGIP), Council’s Public Parks and Land for Community Facilities are all allocated special ‘infrastructure types’ which dictate the level of service Council are committed to achieving for each location. Gallipoli Park South is classified as a ‘Local Recreation Park’ that should strive to meet the following standards:
- Shade structures
- Covered seating and tables
- Activity areas
This LGIP also specifies that a ‘Local Recreation Park’ must be:
- Accessible within 0.5km
- Be at least 0.8 hectares per 1000 people
- Be a minimum of 0.5 hectares
- Have at least 20% of the area be a maximum 1:10 gradient
- Contain 0% of the land area within the 1 in 100 year Annual Recurrence Interval for flood inundation
Park developments also require assessment against the City of Mount Isa Planning Scheme. Some of the key performance criteria which present a challenge in most locations include:
- Council will be required to meet acoustic quality objectives set out in the Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008, for any residential properties within the vicinity
- Provision of solid fencing and 2m wide landscape buffer where the park shares a boundary with a residential allotment
- Minimum of 15m setback of the development to any residential allotment
- Development is setback 6m from the road reserve on all boundaries and has a 2m densely planted landscape buffer
- Maximum of 5% site coverage for developed area
- Minimum 80% of site retains soft landscaping
- Stormwater drainage (either the site to have a slight grade or have direct access to stormwater main)
- Access to site is safe and convenient and has sufficient parking
To best suit the objectives of the funding, Council targeted suburbs that did not already possess, or had limited, activities areas/equipment to provide accessible recreation opportunities across the city, not just the CBD.
As the site that was able to most adequately address nearly all criteria, Gallipoli Park was chosen as the preferred location. Other sites considered include:
- Tharrapatha Way – deemed unsuitable due to flood inundation and access issues; and
- Lions Park – deemed unfeasible due to:
- Size restrictions – allotment is only 9,422m2 and development would cover approximately 25 to 30% of the area which does not meet any of the Planning Scheme requirements
- Access & parking – limited pedestrian access, no existing parking
- Safety – located directly adjacent a dedicated National Heavy Vehicle Route.
Gallipoli Park is located in the suburb of Soldiers Hill and consists of 2 sections, North and South, with a total area of 58,580m2. The chosen allotment, Gallipoli Park South is 26,330m2, with between 5 and 10% expected to be utilised by the development footprint if deemed acceptable under the development assessment. The site also contains existing parking and pedestrian access with sufficient areas to provide additional parking if required in the future. The site also has optimal terrain and access to services.
Gallipoli Park has a high residential population with easy access to the park, who will not need to travel far from home to enjoy a variety of activities.
I AM A NEIGHBOUR – HOW WILL I BE AFFECTED?
Local residents will generally ride their bicycles and scooters to the area. The increase in users may attract more people from outside the area. Noise from riding facilities are generally minimal given the materials and equipment used. Council are aiming to exceed the City of Mount Isa Planning Scheme boundary setback requirements by providing a minimum of 20m setback from residential properties and the provision of dense landscaping buffers. Additionally, a formal noise survey and modelling will be undertaken prior to detailed design to ensure that the development is not adversely impacting the residential allotments and that all legislated requirements are being met. Any noise generated will be from user enjoyment.
WHAT SECURITY MEASURES HAVE BEEN TAKEN?
Great consideration has been given to the security of the park and its users. The park follows principles of CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) an initiative developed by the National Crime Prevention Council.
Natural Surveillance and Sight Lines
Landscaping buffers will be implemented strategically to ensure that the developed area is still clearly visible from inbound lanes approaching the park boundaries in the vicinity of the development.
Gallipoli Park South has an existing 51-space car park located in Thorpe Street, which is in close proximity to the proposed development. Council will be implementing traffic control devices to limit disruption to the residential streets and any ongoing issues will be addressed.
WHAT IS A PUMP TRACK?
A pump track is a circuit of rollers, banked turns and features designed with the rider ‘pumping’ and generating momentum with up and down body movements, instead of pedaling or pushing.
Pump tracks were originally designed for the mountain bike and BMX scenes, but they are also used by skateboard and scooter riders and are generally accessible to wheelchairs. Pump tracks are relatively simple to use and cater to a wide variety of rider skill levels.
BMX (Bicycle Motocross) is a sport run by clubs affiliated with BMX Australia or BMX Queensland. Each club maintains their own facility and usually, the track is constructed from dirt and will only have one have one track with a start and a finish. Skate parks are a combination of concrete bowls and ramps designed for skateboarding.
Pump tracks are designed to allow the user to take various directions or paths throughout the course.
HAVE YOUR SAY
There are two concept designs for the exercise area, and Council invites locals to choose which design they prefer. The option that receives the most votes will be the version that will be constructed.
WHAT THE NEW PUMP TRACK MAY LOOK LIKE*
* Image is for illustrative purposes only