We want to hear what you think about our beautiful Ipswich Nature Centre and all creatures great and small on display there.
From today, a major survey of people’s thoughts about the Ipswich Nature Centre will begin.
The survey is being undertaken by Earth Check as part of an economic impact study required to see the centre upgraded with the support of State or Federal Government funding.
The nature centre opened in 1999 and welcomes about 250,000 tourists every year making it the city’s most popular tourist attraction.
While the Ipswich Nature Centre is the oldest and only free zoo in southeast Queensland it has had no major updates in in more than a decade.
Ipswich City Council General Manager (Community, Cultural and Economic Development) Ben Pole said the masterplan for the upgrade includes expanding the Nature Centre and creating a riverine and wetland area, forests, a nocturnal enclosure and backyard animal precinct.
“A koala and platypus enclosure are also part of the $9 million upgrade to keep pace with increased visitation,” he said.
People exiting and entering the Nature Centre will have the opportunity to undertake the survey on Saturdays leading up to the September school holidays and during the holidays as well as online at any time.
By undertaking the survey people have the chance to win one of 10 family passes to an animal encounters experience at the Nature Centre which includes the chance to feed the barnyard animals, pet a reptile and learn about Bilby conservation.
Take the survey here