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Northern playgrounds set for an upgrade under Council program

The Woonona Pioneer Estate playground, set for an upgrade. Picture: Google

AMONG the first set of works Wollongong City Council’s Playground Renewal Program has undertaken is at Pioneer Beach Estate, Woonona, where work is expected to be completed over the next two to three weeks.

Two separate sites at the park, located at the end of Robert Westmacott Avenue features a double swing set and climbing elements, which are set to come together to make one play facility. New additions include wet-pour rubber soft and, in line with the popular train theme, a new small train play item will also be added.

The plans are in line with Council’s Infrastructure Delivery Program 2020-2021 and will see the investment of more than $1.28M this financial year, to replace the current playgrounds with contemporary play equipment including accessible soft fall surfacing.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said all children should have the opportunity to explore safe and quality play facilities.

“Physical activity is essential in our lives, especially for a child’s development, so these playgrounds are a fun way to keep our bodies moving,” Cr Bradbery said.

“They provide safe and enjoyable opportunities for our residents and visitors to build a healthy lifestyle and are designed to provide space for kids to explore, challenge themselves and have fun.”

“Council is committed to investing in the replacement and maintenance of these spaces across the city that provide a central space for many families and friends to meet, socialise, play and laugh. With these works we hope our playgrounds will continue to be enjoyed by our community and visitors alike for many years to come.”

The following remaining northern playgrounds are set to have works and refurbishments done:

  • Fairy Meadow Beach Playground, Fairy Meadow
  • Strachan Park, Woonona
  • Doris Avenue, Woonona
  • Mount Batten Park, Corrimal
  • Jim Allen Oval, Wombarra
  • Dobbin Park, Woonona
  • Glastonbury Gardens, Austinmer

Works on all playgrounds are anticipated to be completed by the end of June depending on weather conditions.


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A Sydney 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 pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently 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 has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time 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), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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