The Chinchilla Botanic Parkland has achieved international recognition this week, being the only regional park in Queensland to have received a ‘green flag‘ award. The green flag award recognises exceptional parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for recreational outdoor spaces around the world. The process for accrediting a park with the green flag involves rigorous examination of the site, including staff interviews and reviewing the management and maintenance plans.

The Chinchilla Botanic Parklands is the third park in Queensland to receive this award, joining the rank of Brisbane’s South Bank and Roma St Parklands. Council’s Spokesperson for Parks, Gardens and Cemeteries, Councillor Carolyn Tillman hopes that the award will encourage more visitors to Chinchilla. “This award is evidence of a great achievement in a regional community and shows that we can produce an outdoor space that is aligned with world class standards,” she said. “The whole region can be proud of this honour, and I look forward to many wonderful community events being held in this venue.”

Western Downs Regional Council’s Park and Gardens Coordinator, Matthew Robertson, travelled to Perth to receive the award at the Parks and Leisure Australia National Conference. Other recipients of the green flag award include¬†the City of Sydney, Parramatta Park, City of Greater Bendigo and the Centennial Parklands. The awards were presented at the Parks and Leisure Australia’s Awards of Excellence Gala dinner, with over 500 guests in attendance.

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