Wanneroo Times

Park ‘jumps queue’

- Tyler Brown

MACAULAY Park in Duncraig will receive new play equipment to provide more variety for local children despite other parks being considered a higher priority.

A City of Joondalup report classified it as a local recreation park, which means play equipment is optional.

It also said the City determined the allocation of new play equipment using a 400m walkable catchment radius to ensure it is provided evenly across all suburbs.

Macaulay Park has been identified as an “overlap area”, where all surroundin­g residents are within the 400m walkable catchments of playspaces located at other parks.

There are also 31 parks with no playspaces that fall within a gap and are considered a higher priority for equipment to be installed.

City officers had therefore recommende­d the council not support the installati­on of additional play equipment at Macaulay Park at this time.

However, Cr Russ Fishwick moved an alternativ­e motion to install a small combinatio­n unit and list the $40,000 in the draft 202122 budget.

He said this was because the park’s ageing play equipment was removed and replaced with some nature play rocks, logs and paths but “no useful equipment apart from a swing”.

According to the council report, the park was upgraded last June under the City’s park revitalisa­tion program, with a budget of $100,000 to “modify the landscape to optimise the City’s ground water use and existing infrastruc­ture assets”.

But Cr Christine Hamilton-Prime said the motion was unfair and “side-stepping” out of the queue.

Councillor­s voted 7-6 to approve the installati­on of the play equipment.

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