Five new playgrounds for the northern suburbs

OVER the next few months five playgrounds in the northern suburbs will be replaced by Wollongong City Council.

From now till the end of the financial year, Council is aiming to build new playgrounds at Clifton, Bulli, Russell Vale, Balgownie and Fairy Meadow.

The soft fall at Thirroul Beach Reserve will also be replaced, with works starting mid-year.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Council currently takes care of 147 playgrounds from Helensburgh to Yallah.

“It’s a big job to plan, replace and build new playgrounds as every playground location is unique,” Cr Bradbery said.

“There’s a lot of work that goes into good playground design. When we plan an upgrade to a playground, we consider important factors such as the amount of land space available, environment conditions, what other playgrounds are nearby and available, as well as access to public transport and parking.

Cr Bradbery said Council also works closely with local stakeholders like school students when planning a major playground refurbishment, and seeks advice, ideas and feedback from local students.

“With so many locations to take care of, we take a strategic approach to managing our playgrounds,’’ he said.

“This approach is driven by Council’s Play Wollongong Strategy 2014-2024 and guides our vision for improving play opportunities for our community and sets out how we choose where and when to upgrade our playgrounds and how we might go about it.’’

  • Rae Crescent, Balgownie – works to start April
  • Rube Hargrave Park, Clifton – works to start April
  • Bulli Beach Reserve – works to start April
  • Cawley Park, Russell Vale – works to start June
  • Guest Park Fairy Meadow – works to start June.*

* All playgrounds construction dates are estimates and are dependent on weather conditions.

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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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