The most amaz­ing, ‘earth shat­ter­ing’ play area

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS - MAR­GARET STRELOW

I'VE BEEN de­lighted with the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity to our up­dated plans for Ker­shaw Gar­dens.

Whilst the artist’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion will give you some idea of the over­all lay­out there will be lots of lit­tle sur­prises to dis­cover when it is com­pleted. There has been some ex­cel­lent de­sign work done and sig­nif­i­cant re­use of tim­ber felled dur­ing the cy­clone.

I have how­ever no­ticed a few com­ments ask­ing why the ex­pense at Ker­shaw Gar­dens when coun­cil has so many other things to do.

There will al­ways be a range of dif­fer­ent opin­ions but the great weight of opin­ion in Rock­hamp­ton re­gion has been for more ac­tiv­i­ties for fam­i­lies and a greater fo­cus on how it feels to live in Rock­hamp­ton.

The Ker­shaw Gar­dens project in­cludes the cost of mak­ing good af­ter the cy­clone (which was largely funded by grants from both State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment) and meet­ing new stan­dards. And then on top of that will be the most amaz­ing, earth shat­ter­ing play area that Rock­hamp­ton has ever seen. The new play­ground is funded by coun­cil.

I asked the Deputy Mayor Cherie Ruther­ford to steer the project to cre­ate the “go to” place for birth­day par­ties and fam­ily gath­er­ings. And she has cer­tainly de­liv­ered.

I'm de­lighted with the size of the pic­nic shelters for in­stance.

There are three large shelters – 12m x 7m. One is free from fur­ni­ture as a large out­door meet­ing area and the other two are ad­ja­cent/over the wet play area.

There will also be nine small shelters – 7m x 5m – each ca­pa­ble of tak­ing ei­ther two smaller groups or one large group of 20+ peo­ple.

And there will be swings and some play­ground equip­ment never be­fore seen in Aus­tralia. This will be a very sig­nif­i­cant play space.

I of­ten have peo­ple from Bris­bane tell me that they “know” Rock­hamp­ton – that they used to drive through Rock­hamp­ton on the way to visit fam­ily fur­ther north.

I want a gen­er­a­tion that re­mem­bers Rock­hamp­ton for much more than that.

Ul­ti­mately there will be a ring-road around Rock­hamp­ton – and it’s projects such as Quay St and Ker­shaw Gar­dens which will help to lead the traf­fic through the city. Happy to leave the trucks on the ring-road but we need to en­tice hol­i­day mak­ers and trav­ellers to visit the city and to be tempted to stay.

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NEW LIFE: Coun­cil is hop­ing the re­de­vel­oped Ker­shaw Gar­dens will be the go to place for fam­i­lies.

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How the re­de­vel­oped Ker­shaw Gar­dens will look.

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Artist's im­pres­sion of the cen­tral precinct of the re­de­vel­oped Ker­shaw Gar­dens.

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