New playground for Calen

Work has started on the new playground at Vic Bridger Park in Calen.

The $150,000 new playground will be fitted with new equipment and a permanent roofed shade structure to offer all-weather protection.

Economic Development and Planning Committee member Cr Ross Gee said residents may have noticed council crews dismantling the old play equipment.

“Once the existing equipment is removed a roof structure will be constructed and the new equipment will be installed,” he said.

“Ensuring our regional areas have access to adequate facilities and services is a priority for council.

“The new playground at Vic Bridger Park will feature upgraded equipment, including climbing nets, slides, monkey bars, swings, bridges and logic games.

“Fitting the park with a solid roof structure will provide a higher level of sun protection and ensure it is more resistant to vandalism and damage caused by extreme weather events.

“It will also prevent the play equipment from becoming hot to touch during the middle of the day.

“Once complete, Calen locals will be able to access a modern playground that caters to a wide age range in most weather conditions.”

The work is expected to take six weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Building work will occur between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Access to some areas of the park will be restricted during construction and there may be increased noise and dust during construction from machinery.

This project is expected to support 10 existing jobs in the Mackay region and is part of the $200 million State Government-funded Works for Queensland Funding initiative.

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Contact: Mackay Regional Council

Phone: 1300 MACKAY (622 529)

Published: 16 Jun 2017