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Checking-in to your local playground: QR code signage installed at popular parks

NEW QR code signage will be placed in northern suburbs’ popular playgrounds in another effort to combat the growing COVID-19 epidemic.

The signage will be in place by this weekend, (September 4 and 5), and Wollongong City Council is encouraging people to check-in.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said there are currently COVID cases in the Wollongong local government area and everyone has a role to play in keeping the community safe.

“We’re all used to checking in at supermarkets, petrol stations and when buying a takeaway coffee,” Cr Bradbery said.

“Now we’re just asking people to extend that to playgrounds, skateparks and if they’re using the outdoor gym equipment that’s available across the city.’’

The signage will be placed in prominent locations around the play and exercise spaces.

“We all need to continue to follow the Public Health Order and be socially distant, wear masks when appropriate and not congregate in these areas,’’ Cr Bradbery said.

“We also encourage people to think about a different playground if their usual one is busy or to go at a time when it’s quieter. The QR codes are just another link in the chain that will provide an additional layer of protection for our community and support efforts to get on top of this awful situation.’’

While not all playgrounds will feature QR codes, the following northern suburbs will have the signage:

  • Charles Harper Park, Waratah St, Helensburgh
  • Stanwell Park Reserve, Station St, Stanwell Park
  • Austinmer Beach, Lawrence Hargrave Dr, Austinmer
  • Thirroul Beach Reserve, Cliff Pde, Thirroul
  • Bulli Beach Reserve, Trinity Rd, Bulli
  • Nicholson Park, Park Rd, Woonona
  • Bellambi Point Playground, Robert Cram Dr, Bellambi
  • Happy Valley Reserve, Dobie Ave, East Corrimal
  • Towradgi Park, Towradgi Rd, Towradgi
  • Fairy Meadow Beach Reserve, Elliots Rd, Fairy Meadow

Council’s website has locations of skateparks and outside exercise equipment that will also have the QR Code signage.


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