Grandma welcomes children back to Gooligulch

Manningham Council

Children can once again ride kangaroos, befriend wombats, emus and other characters under the watchful eye of Grandma at the refurbished Gooligulch Playspace in Wonga Park.

Manningham’s refurbishment of the much loved playspace, based on Graeme Base’s book, My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch, is now complete with an official opening scheduled for 4.00pm to 5.30pm, Wednesday 15 December.

Manningham Mayor Cr Michelle Kleinert said the refurbishment was a successful collaboration between Council, author Graeme Base and the original Gooligulch creative team, featuring artists, fabricators and suppliers.

“We listened to the community and worked together to preserve the park’s distinctly Australian theme, inspired by the book,” she said.

“The refurbished park will ensure new generations of children can experience this unique story and iconic playspace for years to come.”

The refurbishment include a renovated house for Grandma, refurbished play units for children, and reinstated art panels, improved seating, landscaping, picnic areas and signage for everyone.

The official opening will include storytelling, hearing from the original creative team and Christmas decoration for Grandma’s house.

The upgrade is part of Manningham’s Parks Improvement Program.

“Thank you to our community for their patience over the last few months as we complete the refurbishment,” Cr Kleinert said.

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