Shoalhaven City Council has completed the replacement of Hoylake Grove Reserve playground which can now be enjoyed by the community.
Hoylake Grove Reserve playground was damaged by bushfire at Conjola Park and was identified as an important facility to be rebuilt.
The playground rebuild has been partly funded through a donation of $6,245 from Coolamon Shire Council to Shoalhaven City Council’s Mayoral Relief Fund for bushfire recovery.
Coolamon Shire Council’s Mayor, John Seymour said, “Our community expressed a desire to provide as much support as possible to communities that were devastated by bushfires.”
“We saw a heartfelt response from many Coolamon Shire residents who participated in a community event to raise the funds. I’m sure they would be delighted to know that families in the Shoalhaven, who were impacted by the fires, can now enjoy a brand-new playground,” said Clr Seymour.
Shoalhaven City Council Mayor, Amanda Findley said, “It is during times of crisis that we truly need the support of our friends. Receiving a donation from a Council located in the Riverina conveys an important message of hope for a community that has endured fire and flood this year.”
“I thank Mayor Seymour and Coolamon Shire Council for their support and their generous donation. I am so pleased that Hoylake Grove Reserve playground realises our vision for Lake Conjola to emerge from last season’s fires in a better, stronger and more resilient position than it was prior to the bushfire emergency,” she said.
“There was overwhelming community support for the playground design when we exhibited the concept plans for comment. The Hoylake Grove Reserve playground provides an important meeting place for children and their families,” said Clr Findley.
Council plans to also replace fire affected vegetation in the reserve, but this work has been delayed by recent rain events. The community are establishing a ParkCare group to work in the Hoylake Park area. Council is also undertaking community consultation on the Draft Conjola Connected Communities Masterplan and Yooralla Bay Concept Plan which were initiated by members of the community and Conjola Community Recovery Association and developed by TAKT Studio for Architecture. This consultation period is open until 28 September 2020.