Hinterland playground to start in new year


Hinterland Adventure Playground construction work is earmarked to start next year.

Mayor Clare Stewart said staff had been working through the planning approval process, which was almost complete.

“Construction was delayed slightly while we reviewed the 2020/2021 Capital Works Program in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” she said.

“But residents can rest assured the project is progressing and we anticipate work starting in the New Year.

“We’re grateful to have received $2.78M from the State Government toward the cost of delivering this exciting and distinctly unique facility for our community.”

Mayor Stewart said Council was finalising the scope of works to suit the budget and requirements of the Cooroy site.

Once the process is complete, staff will prepare a report for Council seeking approval to start construction.

“We look forward to receiving the report in the coming months,” Cr Stewart said.

Concept plans for the nature-based playground, which will cater for children of all ages and abilities, include a flying fox, climbing structures and a creek-style water play area.

“In addition to exercise, nature-based playgrounds are known to encourage kids’ social and emotional development, inspire creativity and give them an appreciation of nature,” Cr Stewart said.

“As part of the development, Cooroy will also gain new carparking spaces, plus new public toilet facilities, which the community asked for.”