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New equipment to create Childers play hub

Work is progressing on the installation of the new play equipment.
Work is progressing on the installation of the new play equipment.

Locals and visitors alike will welcome new play equipment to be installed in Apex Tramway Park which is located adjacent to Millennium Park in the heart of the Childers CBD.

Council’s Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said Childers was a growing community and residents had identified that play equipment was lacking in the town area.

“This new installation will significantly boost the provision of essential play equipment for Childers and further promote the usability of Apex Tramway Park,” Cr Honor said.

“In line with Council’s sun safe stance the new equipment will be shaded. Local company Planet Shade will install the shade cover with another local company Willplay contracted to install the playground equipment.

“To complement the new equipment and to ensure full community access and use, the project will also involve the installation of seating, tree planting, signage and pedestrian access pathways.”

Cr Honor said the play areas in Apex Tramway and Millennium Parks were also within a short walk to the Childers Skate Bowl which also met a strong demand created by the district youth.

Childers playgrounds attractive to families

Divisional representative Cr Bill Trevor said Apex Tramway Park in Crescent Street previously offered play equipment sponsored extensively by the former Childers Apex Club.

“Unfortunately due to acts of vandalism and the passage of time the equipment did not meet contemporary play equipment standards and was removed,” Cr Trevor said.

“The location was extremely popular with locals and travelling families as, at the time, it boasted the only town-based play equipment which was adjacent to park land, picnic facilities and public conveniences.

“Through the support of the Federal Government and the advocacy of local Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt, we are now able to reinstate play equipment that will provide infrastructure that will attract families living locally or travelling through Childers.

Apex Tramway Park prior to the commencement of the new play equipment.
Apex Tramway Park prior to the commencement of the new play equipment.

“The project will result in a genuine play hub in the heart of Childers with the new equipment complementing the adventure-style playground on the opposite side of Crescent Street in the Millennium Park complex,” Cr Trevor said.

The installation of the new play equipment is currently underway with all upgrades expected to be completed by the end of November weather permitting.

The $120,000 project is a joint initiative of the Bundaberg Regional Council and the Federal Government with Council contributing $70,000 and the Federal Government $50,000 through its Community Development Grants Programme.