We’re skipping ahead on a playground for East Millbridge!

Published on Wednesday, 7 September 2022 at 1:51:10 PM

Quotes will now be sought for construction of the planned new playground in East Millbridge following Council’s adoption last month of a concept plan.

The playground is being funded in part by a $75,000 State Government grant and will be located on public open space between Millbridge Boulevard and Dennison Link.

Community members eagerly contributed their ideas and feedback for design of the new playground earlier this year however progress on delivery of the project stalled while Shire Staff consulted with the Department of Education on a possible landswap idea.

Adjacent DoE land created opportunity for a potentially more desirable playground location due to its mature trees and remnant bushland.

However the idea could not be progressed in the short term, so a report was presented to Council’s August meeting outlining results of the community consultation plus a concept plan for the playground design within its originally-proposed location.

Listed for inclusion in the new playground and based on the results of our community consultation plus advice of the Eaton Advisory Group are:

  • Shade sails
  • Fencing
  • Circuit path around playground
  • Nature play opportunities
  • Softfall material (sand with possible rubber softfall ‘instrusions’)
  • Play equipment suitable for 0-4 age group – swings, slides, climbing features including platforms, balancing features (natural logs, rocks), mini trampoline;
  • Welcome sign with funding acknowledgement
  • Seating with circulation space for prams and wheelchair access
  • Bin

You can read a full report on consultation outcomes here on our website.

The playground is being designed with 0-4 year-olds in mind due to the high proportion of residents within this age group located in the area. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2021 data, there were 741 children aged 0-4 in Millbridge.

You can view the Concept Plan on the final page of this document.

We are working to have the new East Millbridge playground ready to rumble by June, 2023.

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