Playground named state finalist

It’s a project that is bringing hours of joy to children across Noosa and beyond.

And now the Hinterland Adventure Playground is in the running to be named one of Queensland’s best managed projects.

Under the guidance of Paul Brennan at Noosa Council, the multi-million dollar project is a finalist in the Project Management Achievement Awards. The winner will be announced in a few days.

“It was such a privilege to help deliver such an iconic project and was very much a team effort across council and the community,” Mr Brennan said.

Conceived back in 2013, the idea took about four years to become part of Council’s Capital Works program.

Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government as part of the Local Government and Subsidies Program, Council started planning, designing and working with the community to deliver a $6.7 million nature-based, all abilities adventure playground that would be a major attraction for locals and visitors.

Mayor Clare Stewart said it’s a legacy project that the entire shire is proud of.

“We are so pleased to see this playground make a difference to the Hinterland and the economic benefit to Cooroy businesses coupled with the strong community visitation, it really does tick all the boxes,” she said.

Infrastructure Delivery Manager Craig Eldridge said everyone is chuffed to be a finalist in the prestigious awards.

“A number of council staff put a lot of energy and effort into delivering a unique and family friendly playground that is designed for younger and older children alike,” he said.

“I really want to commend the likes of Dallas Bickley, Paul Brennan, Mitch Turner and Ben L”Huillier and our 37 contractors,” he said.

The adventure playground officially opened in early May this year.

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