Redland City will get its own version of the Bellagio Fountain after $750,000 was bequeathed to Council specifically for the purposes of constructing a water feature in central Cleveland.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the fountain would be funded by the Redland Foundation Open Trust.
“The funding was gifted to the Redland Foundation Open Trust by the executers of Mr Ian Webster McDougall on the condition that it is used to install a water feature with lights in central Cleveland,” she said.
“Additional funding of $50,000 will be provided if the fountain is synchronised, taking the total to $750,000.
“The conditions of the funding are rather unique, but they offer the opportunity to create a distinctive attraction for the Redlands.”
Council today voted to explore options for the water feature including an appropriate location.
“This opportunity opens up potential for Redlands in terms of place making and our plans for the revitalisation of the Cleveland CBD,” Cr Williams said.
“One possible location is the Raby Bay Harbour Park, which is the nexus of water front activity in the Cleveland town centre, so we will look at it as part of the process.”
“Rome has the Trevi Fountain, Las Vegas has the Bellagio and now the Redlands will have its own signature fountain.”
Cr Williams said the fountain will also include a plaque acknowledging the late Ian Webster McDougal and the Redland Foundation.
“I would like to thank the late Mr McDougal and the trust on behalf of all Redlanders for this very generous gift,” she said.