Children explore new playground equipment
A NEW adventure playground got its first workout this week as delighted children swooped on their choice of play equipment that included swings, slides, a flying fox and climbing frames.
While Thomas Dullaway had a hard time deciding his favourite, pointing out the slippery slide, the swings and more, Adele Rose Mannix hugged her kelpie, Ella, and made her choice.
“I really love the flying fox,” she said.
The web swing proved highly popular with Hamish and Jimmy Baker, who enjoyed the ride together.
Their mother, Lisa Baker, said her suggestion to upgrade play equipment in Gayndah’s Jaycees Park, made at a community forum about two years ago, had been championed by Councillor Joanne Dowling.
“We need more parks in the area to take kids out to play,” she said.
“My focus is to have parks with a broad range of age groups to use them – and something for the little tots, too, as some parks are more suitable for the older ones.”
Cr Dowling said the previous play equipment had been replaced with the new equipment and a soft-fall rubberised surface under the council’s normal maintenance program.
“This is the start of the tidy-up around the community, with the playground suitable for babies through toddlers and all age groups,” she said.
North Burnett Regional Council acting CEO David Wiskar said all playgrounds would be inspected to determine needs for refurbishment, and any further works would be included in next year’s budget proposals.
ABOVE AND BOTTOM LEFT: Jimmy and Hamish Baker have fun on a swing, watched by mum Lisa and friends at the new Jaycees Park playground, Gayndah. TOP LEFT: Adele Rose Mannix enjoys the flying fox while Jimmy Edmonds heads for the abacus.