Allora’s Stuart Henry Park will become the main play area.
Allora’s Stuart Henry Park will become the main play area.

Council to downgrade local parks

ALLORA children struggling to choose between the see-saw at Apex or a climbing frame at Dalrymple will no longer have the luxury of choice, after council decided to downgrade two of the three local parks.

Both Dalrymple Creek Park and Apex Park had $50,000 entered into the next two years of budget to replace existing playgrounds.

However parks and gardens staff have been charged with the duty of “rationalising” the region's green spaces and decided to start right here by suggesting Stuart Henry Park, which is just 250 metres from Apex, become the main play area.

Swings only will be provided at the other parks, and council officials argue it will provide a better centrally located playground.

Twin swing sets should cost a total of $20,000, and council will consider the replacement of equipment at Stuart Henry in next year's budget.

At this week's Engineering Services committee meeting, most councillors were happy with the suggestion and voted in favour.

However, Cr Neil Meiklejohn said, while he agreed with the thrust, these three parks might not be his preferred options.

“These parks have a walking track connecting them, whereas there are others in the region that have no function at all.

“They will need to go through a review.”

Engineering Director Peter See said the pathways weren't put in place to connect playgrounds.

He said his department would be rolling out the“rationalisation” in the New Year, which was music to Cr Ross Bartley's ears.

“Rather than rationalise play equipment, we should rationalise the parks themselves,” Cr Bartley said.



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