The installation of a learn to ride facility at Yulunga Reserve, Manyana was officially unveiled on Saturday by Shoalhaven Mayor, Amanda Findley.
The project was funded by Shoalhaven City Council, with contributions from the Yulunga Management Committee with a total cost of the facility being approximately $51,000.
Clr Amanda Findley praised the Bendalong Manyana Community who strongly supported the project, with the community group conducting several working bees at the site, including the removal of the sandpit and installation of turf. “These projects have been identified by the community during extensive consultation and have been undertaken with the valuable assistance of community members and groups.
“The new learn to ride bike path will benefit the community by assisting children to safely and confidently learn to ride. Toddlers, pre-school and school-aged children will have the opportunity to improve their early bicycle riding skills. A two-way, black concrete path with signs and line marking has been installed to imitate the appearance of a road setting. This enables children to develop the skills they need to ride a bike safely and independently on roads and paths”.
This facility is a complement to the recent playground upgrade, constructed in late 2019, and made available through funding from Council’s playground replacement program and funding from the New South Wales Government which provided 85% of the $135,000 total budget.
The design of this playground was developed in collaboration between the local community and Council. It contains a custom fire truck spring rocker identifying with the local Rural Fire Service brigade. It also boasts a crawl tunnel, triple swing set (nest swing, infant seat), spinner and see-saw.