Tuncurry water playground gets green light

MidCoast Council

Final concept plans for Tuncurry water playground have been approved by MidCoast Council, with construction work to commence soon.

Works are planned for late June once a tender is accepted for demolition of the old facilities.

This is the first open space water playground of its size undertaken in the MidCoast with key features including an all-age, all-ability water splash pad incorporating a water slide, water tower and active water play equipment. The water playground is designed with no standing water which excludes the need for lifeguards.

The new playground is a water-wise design which recycles water onsite, passing through full filtration and chlorination processes and returning clean water to the playground.

The new amenities block will include a fully accessible amenities block with a disability hoist and an all-age change table.

Community feedback on the final concept plan was supportive overall, with participants providing final suggestions for the design.

Executive Manager Community Spaces, Daniel Aldridge said that MidCoast Council has taken great care in ensuring the community’s vision for the play space is reflected in the approved concept plan.

“We’ve taken on board the extensive feedback received during multiple consultation phases and ensured that we’ve incorporated as much of the feedback as possible in delivering this project,” he said.

“Inclusivity has been at the forefront of the design process to ensure this is an all-ability playground everyone can enjoy.

“The project is also water-wise, in line with community preferences for sustainability,” Mr Aldridge said.

The project is possible thanks to over $850,000 in funding from the Australian Government, with Council funds providing the balance of the $2 million project, including $670,000 from developer contributions.

The project is expected to be complete ready for next summer.

You can view the final concept plan and the snapshot report from our engagement with the community here.

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