New playground for Austi


CHILDREN can go sailing in a pirate ship, climb imposing cliff-faces and keep an eye out for enemies from watch towers at two newly updated playgrounds in Austinmer.
The playgrounds, at Pinecourt Park and Austinmer Beach Reserve, have been upgraded to bring the equipment in line with Australian safety standards, while maintaining a strong sense of sea-side fun.
High quality playgrounds – such as the spider climbing frame at Austinmer Beach – were favoured over quantity of playgrounds by the community and Council in the Play Wollongong Strategy 2014-2024,adopted two years ago.
“Play is crucial in developing kid’s health, friendships and problem solving capabilities,” Mark Bond, Recreation Services Manager said.
“Between Helensburgh and Windang, Council offers more than 150 local and regional playgrounds. We work to keep these spaces safe and stimulating for all kids.”
This financial year, Council has budgeted over $1 million for playground maintenance, upgrades and replacements.
“Keeping kids active, inquisitive and entertained is a full-time job and we know playgrounds hold sentimental and current value for both kids and adults.
“Council’s Play Wollongong Strategy  is dedicated to finding the balance between replacing and removing old equipment while still delivering the fun playgrounds our community expects.
“Council works to provide a variety of play and recreation spaces ranging from high end engineered flying foxes, to smaller play spaces with just trees, grass and kid’s imaginations.”
Over the next 10 weeks, Council has a number of key playground renewals scheduled for completion. These include Otford Road Reserve at Otford.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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