Park upgrades to commence throughout the region
Following an audit of Council’s playground equipment earlier this year, work will commence late November to ensure compliance of all park equipment throughout the region.
North Burnett Regional Council Mayor Rachel Chambers advised that the community 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,” Mayor 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 audit has identified that work is needed in 16 separate parks throughout the region, and as such this work will soon commence to ensure all park equipment meets current Australian standards.
The parks project will be completed in two stages, with stage one of the works, funded through 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 of residents.
“We apologise for any inconvenience caused whilst we carry out these safety improvements. We are striving for safer and much more usable park facilities for our communities into the future,” Mayor Chambers said.
For further information regarding the Council’s park upgrades please contact Council’s Assets team on 1300 696 272 (1300 MY NBRC) or email Council.