Chil­dren ex­plore new play­ground equip­ment

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: SHIRLEY WAY

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.

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