TAMBORINE Mountain’s reputation as a vibrant tourist destination has been given a boost following the opening of the Rhonda Rushbrook Park.
The park, made possible through more than $340,000 in state government funding, was named in honour of Tamborine woman Rhonda Rushbrook to honour her considerable contribution to the local community.
The attraction is packed with art installations, interactive sculptures, poetry panels, interpretive signage, a performance space, gardens and environmental plantings along a course with the vibrant art and craft precincts.
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The park also features a major public art installation funded by the Australian Government and administered by the Queensland Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business & Commonwealth Games and the Regional Arts Department Fund.
Minister for Local Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Partnerships Mark Furner said it was appropriate the new park recognised the considerable contribution Rhoda Rushbrook made to the local community.
“Rhoda Rushbrook was one of the driving forces behind making Tamborine a much beloved arts and crafts precinct,” Mr Furner said.
“The area is a magnet for visitors not only searching for art, craft, food and fashion shopping but also memorable natural experiences such national park walks, waterfalls and the famous glow worm caves.
“The Gallery Walk with its variety of colourful cafes, arts and craft and tourist shops is a world class ecotourism experience and now with the new Rhoda Rushbrook Park, Tamborine will become a gateway to visit the Scenic Rim.
“An additional bonus is that council estimates around 100 jobs were either created or supported as part of this project.”
Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen welcomed the State Government contribution which helped make the project a reality.
“The park and the Gallery Walk improvement project is a great example of what can be achieved when the State and Local Governments work together.” Cr Christensen said.
“The wonderful upgrades and colourful additions here will further enhance the region’s reputation as a unique destination, popular with local, interstate and international visitors.”
The funding was made available through the Local Government Grants and Subsidies Program.