Coun­cil not cough­ing up

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Kathryn Cy­gan

THE Play and Shine pro­ject group are call­ing upon the Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil to hon­our the funds promised to them five years ago. Lo­gan’s Ad­ven­ture Play­ground has been five years in the mak­ing, and pres­i­dent of the Play and Shine Pro­ject group, and Lo­gan’s mum, Lisa Christofersen wants to see the play­ground fin­ished.

“It’s been some­thing very close to my heart and it needs to be fin­ished. I’m hop­ing that ei­ther with the new coun­cil or ex­ist­ing that they are able to pro­vide us with the $200,000 they al­lo­cated to us in 2012. They’re in a bet­ter fi­nan­cial po­si­tion now than when they were be­fore, so we’re hop­ing that they will hon­our their fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion,” Ms Christofersen said.

Can­di­date for Divi­sion two Tanya Bandow and Fed­eral Mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen both in­spected the site on Tues­day, and echoed Ms Christofersen’s hopes that the play­ground will be com­pleted soon.

“It should have been fin­ished years ago. There’s money al­lo­cated to the pro­ject and it needs to be hon­oured by coun­cil. It was 2012 when coun­cil made that com­mit­ment, and it sadly got lost in their eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion. We need to get it fin­ished now, for the com­mu­nity,” Ms Bandow said.

Ge­orge Chris­tensen per­son­ally spon­sored the play­ground.

“I was happy to spon­sor Lo­gan’s Ad­ven­ture Play­ground. The play­ground is a lit­tle more chal­leng­ing and ex­cit­ing for the lo­cal chil­dren and will be fan­tas­tic once it’s com­pleted.”

Lo­gan’s Ad­ven­ture Play­ground has raised nearly $150,000 from do­na­tions by the lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses, but a fur­ther $250,000 is needed to com­plete the pro­ject.

“We have the rope pyra­mid be­ing in­stalled on March 24, and the se­cond batch of our pick­ets is also be­ing in­stalled. Pick­ets are still for sale for $99 and are able to be pur­chased on our web­site.”

Photo: Kathryn Cy­gan

PLAY AND SHINE: Tanya Bandow, Tim Oberg, Lisa Christofersen, Ge­orge Chris­tensen and Kerri Gill at Lo­gan’s Ad­ven­ture Play­ground.

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