Com­mu­nity able to slide ideas into play­ground plans

South Western Times - - News -

PLAY­GROUND equip­ment at Kelly Park is get­ting a much-needed $180,000 re­vamp and res­i­dents are be­ing given the chance to slide their ideas into re­al­ity.

Bun­bury City Coun­cil will host a pop-up com­mu­nity con­ver­sa­tion tonight when res­i­dents can “have a chat” about what should be in­cluded in the play equip­ment up­grades.

The coun­cil and South West De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion are con­tribut­ing $90,000 each to the project, which was iden­ti­fied as a pri­or­ity dur­ing com­mu­nity meet­ings in Carey Park ear­lier this year.

Me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Jamie Tatham said the con­sul­ta­tion was about hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with the com­mu­nity.

“Kelly Park is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant parks be­cause of the amount of open space and its cul­tural sig­nif­i­cance to Carey Park res­i­dents,” Mr Tatham said.

“We want to get as many peo­ple in­volved in the con­sul­ta­tion to get an ac­cu­rate re­flec­tion of what the com­mu­nity wants.”

He said res­i­dents should “think out­side the square” and a na­ture play­ground, cubby houses and equip­ment which em­braces the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings of the park were all in play.

The coun­cil has al­ready con­sulted with Carey Park Pri­mary School stu­dents on what they want in the park and will take the op­tions back to them be­fore they are fi­nalised.

While there is no time­line for when the park will be com­pleted, Mr Tatham said it would be this fi­nan­cial year.

“We want to make sure we do a thor­ough con­sul­ta­tion process and once we’re con­fi­dent we un­der­stand the com­mu­nity’s needs and de­sires, we’ll start pur­chas­ing the equip­ment,” he said.

The pop-up con­ver­sa­tion is from 4pm to 6pm at Kelly Park.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

City of Bun­bury me­dia and com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Jamie Tatham and land­scape and open space man­ager Kristy Til­lett look at pos­si­ble op­tions for the Kelly Park play­ground re­vamp.

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