Council Progresses Nature Based Play Space

Council is one step closer to delivering a Nature Based Play Space in Plantation Park following approval of a preliminary design of the all-abilities development.

Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the specialist consultants met with Councillors and key community stakeholders last week to present the refined overall site plan, which included concepts for a Sensory Garden and Water Play Areas.

“These along with the planned Fortress Area will provide for a variety of activities for children,” Cr McLaughlin said.

“The Sensory Garden will utilise plants, pathways and equipment to stimulate sensory input, whilst the Water Play Area will feature pumps, troughs and channels for interactive and inclusive water play.”

Cr McLaughlin said the recent additions to the concept plan were in keeping with the decision to make the play space an inclusive area for all.

“Throughout the entire design phase, we have really strived to create a space that is accessible and enjoyable for all community members,” Cr McLaughlin.

“The consultants have really done a fantastic job interpreting our vision, and have designed unique spaces that will challenge and develop children’s fine motor skills and their upper body strength.

Burdekin Shire Council Operations Manager Wayne Saldumbide said Council was extremely happy with the proposed concepts and was now eagerly awaiting the finalised designs so that Council could call for tenders.

“We are expecting that we will be in a position to call tenders in October and award a construction contract in November,” Mr Saldumbide.

“This will allow the successful contractor to commence procurement of materials in December enabling construction to commence by January, with Council targeting completion in May 2019.”

Cr McLaughlin thanked the State Government for funding under the Works for Queensland Program 1 and 2 and for the budget allocation this year in honouring their election promise.

For further information please visit Council’s website www.burdekin.qld.gov.au or contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on (07) 4783 9800.

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