Parks Services is the service unit responsible for the development,
provision and maintenance of a comprehensive parks, gardens and
open space system that provides a range of recreational and sporting
opportunities for residents of, and visitors to Townsville.
Parks Services is a subsidiary group of Environmental Services and
operates from an office in Wellington Street Mundingburra adjacent
to Anderson Park at the rear of the Kokoda Pool and from Depots
at Cranbrook, Hermit Park and Queens Gardens. The provision and
maintenance of Townsville’s Parks and Gardens to the Community is
no small undertaking and is the prime responsibility of Parks Services.
Other responsibilities include:
- The provision of park infrastructure, landscaping and tree
- The provision of recreation facilities within parklands.
- Landscaping within public road reserves including medians,
roundabouts and street trees.
- The provision of extensive irrigation systems.
- The ongoing development and maintenance of Townsville’s internationally
recognised Botanic Gardens.
- The development, management and delivery of projects to improve
the amenity of existing Parks and Gardens and to provide new
facilities and infrastructure.
- The provision of stinger nets, swimming enclosures and life
- Facilitation of public use and enjoyment of parklands through
the management of events, functions and bookings. The provision
of education and interpretation services through the Botanic
Gardens and other important open space areas to enhance visitor
- Operation of the Council Nursery as a Type 3 business under
the National Competition Policy to provide cost effective supply
of plants to internal (Council) and external wholesale markets.
Townsvilles Parks and open space maintenance is managed in three
geographical sectors. Two city sectors are maintained by Council’s
day labour workforce. The contracting firm Spotless Services maintain
the third sector. Figure 1 shows the breakup of the sectors.
This management system encourages “best practice”
with the implementation of performance measurement and benchmarking
of quality and costs across the three sectors.
Maintenance includes, grass cutting, irrigation, garden beds,
pruning, tree removals, palm de-nutting, brush cutting, fertilising,
herbiciding, mulching, BBQ cleaning, infrastructure such as playgrounds
and park furniture, litter control and graffiti removal and vandalism
Through its team of experienced Project personnel, Parks Services
provides the delivery of a variety of soft and hard landscaping
projects as well as infrastructure projects such as the Ross River
Parkway and Horseshoe Bay Skate Park. From project inception,
concept design, detailed design, to tender evaluation and letting
of contracts through to project supervision, contract administration
and defects maintenance, Parks Services provides the full suite
of project deliverables.
Our team also provides specialist advice to Parks Services operations.
This advice includes Horticulture, Irrigation design and installation
and control and management, project and contract management, Asset
Management and hands on technical advice from our experienced
Supervisors and Gangers.
Townsville City Council has developed botanical collections in
three separate gardens which together form Townsville Botanic
Gardens. The three gardens are Queens Gardens, Anderson Park and
The Palmetum and all three are internationally recognised.
Each garden is unique in character but all contain fine examples
of tropical vegetation that will be of interest to plant enthusiasts
and casual visitors alike.
Parks Services nurture and maintain the Townsville Botanic Gardens
and are progressively implementing appropriate elements of the
Botanic Gardens Masterplan to maintain their international status.
Townsville City has an extensive Park system which caters for
a wide variety of community activities and expectations. From
the beauty of our Botanical Gardens at Anderson Park, Queens Park
and the Palmetum to the numerous Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces
that are incorporated in our suburbs and along the Ross River
Bikeway, Townsville can be proud of its rich collection of Parks
Report from 2002/2003 Financial Year
The year was once again characterised by extremely dry weather
conditions with only a very short wet period in February 2003.
In general this weather slightly reduced mowing requirements over
the financial year but placed additional pressure on irrigation
systems and has increased costs associated with water consumption
and truck watering. The incidence of dead tree removals increased
markedly following a number of dry years.
Townsville City Council recognises the importance of providing
quality parks and open space facilities to enhance the community’s
lifestyle through the annual funding of an extensive program of
park improvements and public landscaping projects. Park, landscaping
and infrastructure projects completed during the 2002/2003 financial
year included the following:
- Ross River Parkway
- Complete Palmetum to Aplins Weir - Marabou Drive section
- Complete Palmetum to Aplins Weir - Fairlight Avenue section
- Signage - Marabou Drive section
- Signage - Fairlight Avenue section
- Complete Golf course to Bicentennial Park - Goldring St
- Complete Golf course to Bicentennial Park - Railway Ave
- Complete Golf course to Bicentennial Park
- Signage - Golf course to Bicentennial Park - interpretive
- Upgrade Riverside Park Kimbal St - BBQs and Picnic Sets
and Pathway and Bollards
- Upgrade Riverside Park Kimbal St - Entry Garden with Park
- Upgrade Riverside Park Kimbal St - Carpark
- Bike rack and seats at Riverside park
- Park Seats, Marabou, Fairlight, O'Dowd.
- Irrigation Automation
- Irrigation control system
- Riverside Gardens Storage building
- Aircondition Tumbetin Lodge
- Magnetic Island Golf Course erosion repairs
- Landsborough/Warburton - Heritage Program
- Development of the Plants of Townsville information CD
Park and Playground improvements
- Warrina Park Bollards & security lighting
- Heatley State School Park playground shadecover
- Mindham Park half basketball court
- Bauhinia Park bollards
- Mt Louisa Park BBQ
- Illich Park bollards to Charles Street
- Lou Litster Park watering point
- Palmetum gazebo roof
- Mt Louisa Park half court light, furniture, pathway links
- Marabou Park footbridge, track and Park tree planting around
- Cutheringa Park - fence playground
- Lou Litster Park playground - Philp street
- New Playground at Serissa Crescent
- Traffic Training Centre - Irrigation, Signage and Fencing
- Choonda Street Playground (Softfall)
- Tree Plantings and irrigation in Col Campbell Park
- Soroptimist Park fountain repairs
- Anzac Park fountain repairs
- Anzac Park Touch Tells repairs
- Strand softfall replacements
- Skate Park on Magnetic Island at Horseshoe Bay Recreation
- Alma Bay - various improvements including beach access via
- Picnic Bay refurbishment via walking track
- Airport Access Road infill
- Woolcock Street infill - rear of properties in Lakes 2
- Charters Towers ,Ross River and Bowen Road infill tree planting
- Street trees in Banfield drive
- Bayswater Road Street trees - Mather Street to Calvary Temple
- Replace Casuarinas - Nelly Bay Beach
- North Ward Eyre Street area tree planting in kerbed areas
- Tree planting to Picnic Bay Mall foreshore area
- University Road bridge - plant out areas within guard rails
- Airport access road - irrigate last section near old common
- TEL Carpark - Tree planting and screen to bowls club
- Customs house and Criterion island planting on Strand
- Strand approaches Howitt street gardens
- Sir Leslie Thiess Drive landscaping
Townsville's growth in both population and status warrants significant
capital development of parks infrastructure, including botanical
gardens, sporting facilities, public landscaping, and extensive
This growth requires continual upgrading and expansion of parks,
landscaped areas and recreation facilities placing increasing
demands on Council's maintenance resources within a social climate
which demands better levels of service and shrinking public sector
funding. Recent high quality developments such as The Strand require
intensive management to ensure the quality of the product is maintained.
It’s within this environment that Parks Services continually
strives to update and improve its delivery and efficiency of services
to the City of Townsville. Some ongoing initiatives include:
- Implementation of the water management strategy through the
delivery of the new centrally controlled irrigation system.
- Maintenance program reviews in all sectors.
- Introduction of qualified soil investigation and analysis
into project design and open space management to determine optimum
treatment of existing conditions to enhance plant growth.
- Development of concept plans for all parks and open space
- Development of five yearly Capital Development Plans which
recognise available funding and Council's various development
strategies, including automated irrigation, playgrounds, Botanic
Gardens, landscaping of roundabouts and medians, City beautification
and greening projects.
- Developing detailed designs for parks and landscape features
in accordance with the Capital Developments Plan
- Completing a Street Tree Master Plan for the City.
- Development and implementation of a comprehensive asset management
program and Quality Assurance systems to ensure high standards
of maintenance of all Council recreation assets.
- Continuing the Greening of Townsville through the implementation
of extensive tree planting and greening projects incorporating
appropriate community involvement.