Abo­rig­i­nal, her­itage in­flu­ence for park


Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

WORK on the new $3.7 mil­lion re­gional play­ground in Bibra Lake has be­gun.

More than 7000sq m have been set aside for the play­ground, in­ter­ac­tive pub­lic art, shel­ters, bar- be­cues, drink­ing foun­tains and themed veg­e­ta­tion.

The park, lo­cated on Progress Drive, is heav­ily in­flu­enced by Abo­rig­i­nal her­itage and the en­vi­ron­men­tal sig­nif­i­cance of the area.

De­vel­op­ment of the park will mean the Cock­burn Cruiser climb­ing equip­ment will have to be re­moved.

Cock­burn Mayor Lo­gan Howlett said some trees would need to go too.

“The play­ground and its car parks have been de­signed to max- imise the num­ber of trees that we can re­tain on the site,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately three of the trees are to be re­moved on ad­vice from a con­sul­tant ar­borist that they were not struc­turally safe, and two will be re­moved to make room for a new car park.

“The tim­ber from those trees that need to be felled will be used in the play­ground for seat­ing and as play equip­ment, plus many new trees will be planted.”

Two cur­rent car parks will be re­mod­elled with a third north­ern car park to be built.

A new toi­let block will also be in­stalled be­tween the new car park and the play­ground.

The site, which will be fully en­closed with a low perime­ter fence, will have four en­trances. Com­ple­tion is ex­pected in Oc­to­ber.

The site for the new play­ground.

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