Collingwood Park, Queensland - Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation

Dodrill Park, on Whitlam Drive, is named after a highly regarded local resident.

Goupong Park on Namatjira Drive, Robert Anderson was a Ugarapul tribal man and was known by his tribal name "Goupong", meaning frog in the Ugarapul language. This was the language of the traditional people and custodians of the land known today as Ipswich. Robert Anderson was raised at the old Deebing Creek Mission Station and worked on many properties throughout Queensland as a young man. His athletic ability was recognised when he defeated world - record holder Arthur Postle of Pittsworth in a sprint on the Charters Towers goldfields in 1904. Many of his descendants still remain in the traditional country of this great Ugarapul man today The Strike Monument commemorates The first strike in Queensland which took place at the Redbank Mine owned by Campbell and Towns. On 7 June 1861, a deputation of miners confronted Robert Campbell with demands including a pay rise of one shilling a ton. Campbell rejected the claims, the miners went on strike and were later arrested and tried for illegally conspiring to injure Campbell's interests. The jury found them not guilty. The park also has a skate/BMX bowl and other facilities, and is a popular recreational location for the young people of the suburb.

Banjo Patterson Park, on Laurie Drive, has barbecues, a cricket pitch for social matches, a half court basketball court, and a leash-free dog running area.

Both Goupong and Banjo Patterson Park are popular venues for children's parties, family get-togethers, and myriad other social gatherings.

Bailey Street Reserve is a large, temporarily named council reserve which runs from Bailey street to Six Mile Creek. It covers an area which once contained an open cut coal mine. Where it meets the creek, there is a significant freshwater lagoon which is an important habitat for several species of water fowl and a number of other species have been classified as rare, endangered or vulnerable under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 and Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 1994. Ipswich City Council soon plan to develop the reserve for recreation and wildlife conservation purposes.

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