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Play space upgrades

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June 15, 2017

Corowa Pre-School’s Bella Upton was all smiles following the announcement of Federation Council’s Play Space Program Upgrade.

Federation Council’s youngest residents are set to benefit from council’s ‘Play Space Upgrade Program’ initiative.

Corowa Pre-School children are looking forward to seeing some of their ideas transpire when the RSL Park Playground next to their school receives a much-needed upgrade.

A double-flying fox, monkey bars, a slide and nest swing are among the new equipment to be installed at the park, replacing some of the existing equipment that does not meet current Australian standards.

The RSL Park is one of nine play spaces set to be upgraded throughout the Federation Council area.

The Corowa RSL Club have maintained the RSL gardens for many years as a valuable community service and, in addition, have confirmed a $20,000 financial contribution towards the new RSL park playground to add to the funding of $115,451 from council’s Major Projects Fund.

Students from Corowa Pre-School have played a part in seeing what goes into the new playground.

Corowa Pre-School Acting Director Teagan Sawyer said council approached the school before drawing up a draft plan.

“Council asked our four-year-old group what they would like to see in the park and used them as a guide to what children in the community would want, so we really value that connection within the community,” Mrs Sawyer said.

“We utilise the park a lot, our two yards back onto RSL Park so we often go out into the park to play and this upgrade will see the kids benefit as part of their preschool experience.

“It’s very exciting; the kids can’t wait to play on the new equipment once it is all finished.”

Meanwhile, the other projects to be funded under council’s Stronger Communities Fund include the Corowa Skate Park Redevelopment, Howlong Skate Park, Urana Scooter Park, Bangerang Park Redevelopment, Mulwala All Abilities Adventure Playground, Rand Community Playground, Memorial Park, Howlong Playground and Lowe Square Playground, Howlong.

Federation Council is placing a strong focus on improving the liveability of the area, as it works to meet the needs of residents, support youth and attract young families.

An unprecedented level of funding is being directed towards addressing what have been important community priorities for many years.

Local families and visitors will benefit from a number of initiatives across the council area that is designed to improve access to recreational facilities and create inclusive and welcoming community spaces.

Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden said the Play Space Upgrade Program was a key priority for council, with a number of projects expected to be completed by the end of the year.

“This is a really exciting time for our communities,” Mr Eden said.

“These are projects that residents have been asking for or working towards themselves for a long time.

“The Stronger Communities Funding has provided a once off opportunity for an injection of funds into community infrastructure, but many of the projects are also being made possible thanks to community fundraising, business support and long term savings from council.”

Mr Eden said the partnerships between council and the community, which are driving many of these projects, is what he found most pleasing because it demonstrated what could be achieved when council and the community worked together.

The Play Space Upgrade Program now has its own logo, which will be used to create a strong awareness of the various projects.

Residents will be kept up to date as progress is made, with regular updates available from council’s website.

“We are encouraging people to follow and really celebrate these projects, because there is a significant benefit to the wider community from what is being achieved here,” Mr Eden said.

“In addition to providing activities for local families and young people to enjoy, the new and redeveloped play spaces are expected to drive visitation and promote the area as a family friendly destination.

“We are continually building on what the region has to offer and hope to see this reflected in the long term growth and sustainability of the Federation Council area.”

The playground at RSL Park in Corowa will be one of the first projects completed, along with a new playground at Memorial Park in Howlong.

Design of the Corowa Skatepark redevelopment has been finalised and consultation will soon commence with young people in Howlong about the concept plans for the street terrain style skate park to be constructed at Lowe Square.

Visit federationcouncil.nsw.gov.au and click on the Play Space Upgrade Program banner for further information about each of the projects.

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