$60,000 upgrade for Rainbow Beach Playground
Rainbow Beach was buzzing with excited children this morning following the official launch of a community-driven upgrade to the beachside playground.
The long-awaited upgraded playground includes a mound slide, four swing sets, timber balance beams and steppers, a sandpit, welcoming entry signage, artwork and upgraded climbing net. Following community feedback, landscaping has also been thinned out to improve sight lines for parents.
“From beginning to end, this work has been driven by the local community, and Bonny Hills Progress Association has been instrumental in helping to plan and implement this work,” Mayor Peter Besseling said.
“What we see today is an example of what can be achieved when we work together.
“Students from Lake Cathie Public School have even left a permanent mark on the playground by decorating the pathway with hand prints and coloured stones.”
Cr Besseling said the positive feedback from parents and squeals of excitement from children of all ages proved the end result was something the whole community could be proud of.
“Encouraging kids to get active and seeing families enjoying our region’s parks and recreational areas is what it’s all about - and you couldn’t ask for a more perfect backdrop than Rainbow Beach,” he said.
Bonny Hills Progress Association’s President Roger Barlow agreed that this is a perfect example of how the community can work together with Council to achieve the result that the community wants.
“We congratulate Council staff for their collaborative approach. Community pride in and ownership of the playground has been greatly enhanced as a result” he said.
“Carers had a significant input into the design, and volunteers and donors have helped to stretch the dollars. Added to this, a grant from the Community Building Partnerships Program will fund the installation of a bubbler, and more grant funding will be sought foradditions in stage 2.”
To celebrate the successful community partnership, today’s festivities included giant chess and checkers games and a sausage sizzle fundraiser for Lake Cathie Public School.
Before cutting the ribbon on the new slide, Cr Besseling recognised the invaluable contributions from supporters including: Bonny Hills Progress Association; Lake Cathie Public School; Bonny Hills Garden Centre; Hy-Tec; Dave Smith and Co Builders; Booker Backhoe Bobcat and Tipper Hire Pty Ltd, artist Jenny Shouten who created the mosaic pavers and artist Simon Luxton, who painted an electrical box as a children’s book mural.
Council has committed significant funds to local playgrounds over the past few years, including popular, new play spaces at Bain Park, Wauchope and Westport Park and Hudson Avenue, Port Macquarie to name a few.
In the 2015-16 financial year, an additional 13 playgrounds across the region will enjoy upgrades, with $2.4 million allocated to replacing and upgrading facilities at parks and public reserves.
Projects encompass all corners of the local government area, from Pappinbarra Reserve, Fairmont Gardens and Shelley Beach Reserve to Dunbogan Reserve and Lake Cathie foreshore.
“All of this work is about looking after our people by creating infrastructure and community programs that create a healthy, inclusive and vibrant community,” Cr Besseling explained.