Playgrounds are important spaces for the community to enjoy, and the Southern Downs Regional Council has a duty of care to maintain equipment so it is safe to use and compliant with Australian standards and guidelines.
Council’s Manager Parks and Operations Chris Collingwood said Council’s unwavering priority is community safety.
“We recently inspected a number of playgrounds in the Warwick area and fenced off seven playgrounds due to a range of emerging safety issues.
“Where repairs pose an unrealistic spend of ratepayer dollars, particularly with consideration to a park’s location and usage, some playground equipment will need to be removed.” Mr Collingwood said.
Following considered examination, playgrounds in Parks including Apex, Meadow Bank Estate, Shilliday, Arcoola, Mountain View and Pennant will be removed, commencing this week.
Areas will be remediated and turfed to increase green space.
On the bright side the playground at Chase Estate Park has re-opened and the heritage roundabout at Leslie Park has been given a new lease of life – thanks to Council’s Parks and Workshops along with the Warwick Men’s Shed members who donated their time and expertise.
It’s also worth checking out the new outdoor fitness precinct, the bird’s nest swing and carousel in Queens Park Warwick.
Total investment is approximately $220,000 and will assist in promoting health while having fun.
This article appeared in the Allora Advertiser, 17 May 2023.