The Botanic Gardens playground has officially reopened after Bundaberg business Planet Shade completed their nature-inspired shade sail design.
Planet Shade managing director Andrew McInnes said the business, which has been operating in the Bundaberg Region for 15 years, was thrilled to be part of the project.
“I’ve been getting so much feedback from the public on the shade sails,” Andrew said.
“People can’t wait until it’s open. It’s been really good.”
The playground is nature themed and Andrew said this formed a big part of their design as well.
“We used the existing trees to incorporate the shade sails around the trees so we didn’t’ have to trim any trees off,” he said.
“We used colours that were nature-theme colours to follow the theme of the park.”
He said between shade sail fabrication and installation his staff had been working on the project for about two months.
The company has also recently been involved in Council projects at Norville Pool and the airport.
“It’s good Council is spending money on the infrastructure,” he said.
“It means that we keep everybody employed.
“This time of year for us things usually slow down in residential work because it's cooler.
“This keeps us employed for 12 months of the year.”
Andrew said he was a big believer in using local content so the projects he received had a significant flow-on effect for other Bundaberg Region businesses.
Business is showing no signs of slowing down for the local firm as Andrew said shade was becoming increasingly popular.
“It is becoming bigger; people expect it,” he said.
Residents will see more of Planet Shade around town with projects coming up at local parks including Nielson Park and the Avoca Pump Track.
Planet Shade Botanic Gardens project particularly rewarding
Andrew said every job was rewarding but he was particularly pleased to see Planet Shade involved in a project as significant as the Botanic Gardens playground.
“This one here is just probably the one everyone wants to go to,” he said.