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MARGARET WANTS TO GIVE PRIVATE PARK TO RUSSELL ISLAND COMMUNITY

August 17, 2014

Eighty-two-year-old Margaret Broome is determined to leave a legacy to the Bay Island community.

Margaret hopes to 'gift' to Russell Island a park that will one day take the form of an island Botanic Garden.

And, if Margaret has her way, it will be one of the most beautiful gifts the islands has ever received.

"I have had this idea of leaving a legacy for some time.

"I don't want to see this beautiful spot spoilt one day by any future subdivision.

"By doing it this way, I get to leave it to posterity and a legacy of which I will be proud," she told The Friendly Bay Islander.

Margaret owns a 5.9 acre parcel of elevated land in one of the best locations on Russell Island at the junction of Canaipa Road and Oasis Drive.

The site has some of the important elevated views on the islands with a northerly aspect that looks out over Moreton Bay and Canaipa Passage.

Margaret's dream is to establish a privately developed park that will have walks through gardens and BBQ area to be enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.

It will all come to pass when Margaret finishes some negotiations with Redland City Council that will see some reshaping of the parcel of land that will allow a sell-off of x2 blocks that will 'pay' for the entire exercise.

Margaret's heritage home on the site will probably also be offset in the hoped-for subdivision adjustment.

The home is currently the subject of Margaret's current rebuilding program.

It appears that council is not disagreeable to Margaret's proposal and that her project will come to fruition.

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