Play to stay put

Great Southern Herald - - Front Page - Sjanna San­dalova

The All Ages Play­ground will stay in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion after com­mu­nity pleas.

The All Ages Play­ground will re­main in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion after the com­mu­nity dis­played strong sup­port for it to stay dur­ing a vote.

Res­i­dents were in­vited to join mem­bers of the Shire of Katan­ning coun­cil last Mon­day in a bid to for­malise the out­come of the po­si­tion of the play­ground, lo­cated at the cor­ner of Clive Street and Great South­ern High­way, after months of de­bate.

Shire pres­i­dent Liz Guidera and de­sign­ers pre­sented the two op­tions for the Wel­come Zone plan — one with the play­ground in its cur­rent po­si­tion and one with it lo­cated in Lion’s Park.

“The coun­cil­lors were very mind­ful of the fact that why do a con­cept plan for the AAP and another con­cept plan at Lion’s Park when the com­mu­nity over­whelm­ingly wants to keep the play­ground where it is,” she said.

“So we moved to for­malise that by hav­ing a pub­lic meet­ing and giv­ing the com­mu­nity the op­por­tu­nity to come and ex­press their views. It’s a good out­come be­cause we don’t have to get logged down into do­ing two con­cept plans — we are re­ally ap­pre­cia­tive that the com­mu­nity came to voice their opin­ions.”

Matt Col­lis, an ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity and part of Katan­ning Neigh­bour­hood Watch, said the pur­pose of the plan was to draw peo­ple into the town.

“I think it’s the right de­ci­sion for the town, the vote was over­whelm­ing,” he said.

The play­ground is be­lieved to un­dergo re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions within the next two years.

“The time­frame for ren­o­va­tions was dis­cussed based on the fact that some items re­tained would need to be re­moved, re­worked then re­fit­ted and some will re­main as fea­tures,” Mr Col­lis said.

Two op­tions were given — one with the play­ground in its cur­rent po­si­tion and one with it moved to Lion’s Park.

The All Ages Play­ground fea­tures gi­ant slides, swings and over­sized horses as well as a ju­nior play area.

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