An artist’s impression of the all-abilities playground.
Upper Hunter Shire Council is looking for community support for an all-abilities playground at Bill Rose Sports Complex at Scone.
Council and the Scone Neighbourhood Resource Centre (SNRC) are looking for feedback to take to the NSW Government to allow their My Community Grant, awarded to the SNRC in 2019, to be re-allocated.
Council said they are still committed to replacing the Amaroo Park playground, which is past its use-by date, from Council’s existing Playground Replacement Budget.
At last month's Council meeting the entire budget for local parks, $60,000 was asked to be put towards Amaroo Park but Councillors knocked back that proposal putting $15,000 towards the project.
The SNRC then said they wouldn't take on a grant they'd already received from the NSW Government for the park.
The $121,220 grant was awarded in 2019 for a splash pad at Amaroo Park, however the costs involved in treating and recycling the water made that unviable. Council has been working with the SNRC and agreement has been reached on a way forward, to achieve an all-abilities playground for the region in a more accessible, central location with more parking.
Construction work is already underway on the upgrade of Bill Rose Sports Complex, a $290,000 project jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government (Liquor and Gaming). It includes replacing playground equipment and outside gym, and constructing a learn-to-ride bike track (like those in Jefferson Park, Aberdeen and Amaroo Park, Scone).
The My Community Grant will contribute an all-abilities flying fox with additional mulch soft-fall, musical instruments, and an all-abilities access ramp to the main structure with additional rubber soft-fall underneath.
“We need to show the community supports an all-abilities playground, so the grant terms can be changed,” SNRC Manager Lee Watts said.
“We know that this will benefit not just children and parents in the Upper Hunter, but also those travelling with children.”
Mayor Maurice Collison said Council was pleased to offer a financial contribution, assistance with project management and ongoing cleaning and maintenance of the playground into the future.
“All we need now is the community to back the plans, and work on the all-abilities playground could start this year,” Cr Collison said.
Council added that the draft designs allow for additional playground equipment to be added in the future, if funding is available.
You can view the draft designs for the park at the SNRC or the Council Administration Centre where they are on display, or on Council’s website under Hot Topics.