Queanbeyan parks recognised among best in the world

Published on 07 December 2020

Green Flag Awards fying over Queanbeyan Park November 2020

Two centrepieces of our local region, Queanbeyan Park and Queen Elizabeth II Park, have again been recognised among the best managed parks in the world after both were reaccredited with prestigious international Green Flag awards.

Mayor of Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, Cr Tim Overall said that the Green Flag Awards were well deserved recognition for Council’s Urban Landscapes team who do a wonderful job of maintaining the parks to international benchmark standards.

“There are only nine parks across Australia that have received Green Flag Awards, and to have two of them right here in Queanbeyan is a testament to the dedicated staff who look after these magnificent parks,” Mayor Overall said.

2020 has been a year many in the community would like to put behind them. The Queanbeyan-Palerang region has seen fires, floods and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Throughout this challenging year, our parks and green spaces have played an important role in maintaining the health and wellbeing of our community. They have been a reassuring constant in our lives, acting as emergency assembly points, safe zones, and temporary refuges for stranded travellers or people displaced by fires. They have been places where the community could come together to meet, support one another, exercise, or relax and recover,” the Mayor said.

Service Manager, Urban Landscapes Tim Geyer said he was proud to retain the Green Flags and was even more proud of his team for maintaining Queanbeyan Park and Queen Elizabeth II Park to international benchmark standards, while also looking after and improving more than 100 parks and playgrounds across the region.

“These two parks were first recognised with Green Flags in 2019/20. They’ve now been reaccredited for 2020/21 due to the professionalism, hard work and dedication shown by all of our team.

“We aim to achieve more Green Flags for other parks in the future,” Mr Geyer said.

Originating in England in 1996, the Green Flag Award proudly flies above more than 2,200 places in over 15 countries around the world.