The Community Alliance Party candidate for Murrumbidgee, which takes in the Tuggeranong suburb of Kambah, Michael Lindfield has pledged that if elected to the ACT Legislative Assembly he would lobby hard to have Floriade permanently located in Tuggeranong Town Park. Michael Lindfield said, “Tuggeranong Town Park has 10 hectares comprising native and deciduous trees and open green fields, is an ideal match for the internationally acclaimed annual flower and entertainment festival.
“The Town Park is easily accessible by most forms of transport with the bus interchange and public parking only minutes away in walking distance, it enjoys Tuggeranong Lake beach frontage, a comprehensive children’s playground, an out door all weather entertainment performing stage in a natural amphitheatre, public barbecue and picnic facilities and a skate park providing BMXing, skateboarding and inline skating.
“Connected to the Town Park is the 31 hectare Lake Tuggeranong District Park which wraps around the lake foreshore and offers a range of recreational opportunities including picnicking, cycling, fishing and sail boating and wind boarding. Added to this mix of fun is the enclosed dog exercise area which would be an added draw card for interstate visitors who enjoy travelling with their canine companions and a great opportunity for them to socialise with other local and interstate dog owners.
“Having Floriade in Tuggeranong would revitalise the central business district with patrons in close proximity of Tuggeranong Hyperdome which incorporates cinemas, retail shopping and a large food court, other leisure and recreational pursuits like ten pin bowling, swimming and exercise at the aquatic and leisure centre.
“Interstate and international visitors would also enjoy easy access to Tuggeranong’s clubs, pubs and street walk restaurants, five star accommodation and exposure to other interesting and popular local landmarks like the Namadgi National Park, that includes the Alpine Way Walk, Canberra’s Deep Space Tracking Centre at Tidbinbilla, Tuggeranong Homestead, the Centenary Walking Trail, historic Tharwa Village which also takes in the Cuppacumbalong Craft Center and the Tharwa Bridge Reserve, Tuggeranong Schoolhouse Museum, Lanyan Homestead and Rose Cottage. Tuggeranong has a wealth of attractions and things to do,” Michael Lindfield said.
Close by is the paintball adventure games on the Monaro Highway, Weston Creek’s Mt Stromlo Observatory, the National Arboretum and all national attractions within the Parliamentary Triangle, as well as, quality hotels/motels and serviced apartments; and Woden’s movie theatres, the serene Eddison Park with skate park with public barbecue facilities and the Royal Mint at Deakin.
Floriade is now in its 28th and features an extensive kaleidoscope display of blooming flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. Floriade attracts tourists from around Australia and overseas in spring from mid September to mid October each year. As a free-to-the-public event, Floriade is the largest flower festival in the Southern Hemisphere, with over 300,000 visitors each year.
Michael Lindfield also added, “Floriade in Tuggeranong Town Park would give extra publicity and marketing for the annual Tuggeranong Community Festival, also in its 28th year which I organised for 10 years as president and is held on the last weekend in November as a free-to-the-public event.”