Re­gion’s parks to re­ceive up­grades

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

FOL­LOW­ING an au­dit of North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil’s play­ground equip­ment ear­lier this year, work will be­gin next week to en­sure com­pli­ance of all park equip­ment through­out the re­gion.

The au­dit iden­ti­fied that work was needed at 16 sep­a­rate parks through­out the re­gion, and this work is set to com­mence shortly to en­sure all park equip­ment meets cur­rent Aus­tralian stan­dards.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor Rachel Cham­bers said the com­mu­nity’s needs and ex­pec­ta­tions, along with stan­dards and de­sign of play­ground equip­ment, have changed since many of the play­grounds in the re­gion were built and that it was im­por­tant to not only en­sure ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties re­main safe and ac­ces­si­ble, but to plan for the next stage in their life.

“Our parks are an im­por­tant com­mu­nity as­set, not only for our youth and young fam­i­lies, but for trav­ellers through the re­gion,” Cr Cham­bers said.

“Our parks pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for in­te­grated play as well as pro­vid­ing a bonding op­por­tu­nity for smaller chil­dren and par­ents as they play on the equip­ment.

“We want to en­sure these ar­eas are a safe and wel­com­ing place to visit.”

The parks pro­ject will be com­pleted in two stages, with stage one of the works, funded through the coun­cil’s 2018/19 Cap­i­tal Bud­get, sched­uled to com­mence at higher use parks in the com­ing week.

Some park equip­ment may be fenced off or re­moved whilst works are pro­gressed.

Stage two of the pro­ject will see up­grades to lower use parks as fund­ing be­comes avail­able.

Equip­ment re­quir­ing up­grades through stage two of the parks pro­ject will be fenced off, to en­sure safety.

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