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At play in Learmonth
In 2010 Council adopted a Play Space Planning Framework, which is an
overarching plan for upgrading and maintaining more than 130 playgrounds
across the municipality.
Upon adoption Council committed to implementing the framework in seven
stages, allocating $250,000 in this current year's budget to stage one.
Thanks to a Federal Government grant under the Regional and Local
Community Infrastructure Program (RLCIP), Council has been able to bring
forward stage two. This will include the installation of two new play and activity
spaces in Learmonth. The funding will provide approximately $50,000 for
Children's Play Space, and approximately $50,000 for a space for young
people aged between 12 and 16 called a Youth Activity Space.
To ensure both areas have broad appeal and meet the needs of the
community, Council's Recreation and Youth Services units are undertaking
a community consultation process. This will include community meetings,
letter box drops, engagement with the Lake Learmonth Advisory Committee,
Friends of Learmonth, and primary and secondary school students in the
A number of options have been canvassed for the spaces, including
opportunities to run, climb, swing, crawl and imaginative play for the children's
play space and skate, hard court or passive gathering space for the Youth
Council is currently in the process of consolidating the ideas, with a view to
having the spaces designed in May and constructed by the end of the year.
For more information on the Learmonth Play Spaces or the Play Space Planning
Framework please call Council's Recreation and Open Space Planning Unit
on 5320 5641 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
New play space for
Ballarat's youngest shoppers can look forward to a new attraction, with
Council and the Bridge Mall Traders Association in the process of selecting
a design for a new play space for the Mall.
Following feedback from residents and traders it came to the attention of
Council that the current play area did not offer adequate shade, with the
slide getting quite hot and unusable on sunny days.
After consultation with traders, it was also determined that it would be
timely to improve the entire play elements and replace the soft fall, which
is starting to deteriorate in places.
Council has budgeted $90,000 towards the upgrade and the Bridge Mall
Traders Association is also contributing $20,000, which is expected to be
finished by the end of this financial year.
The upgrade of the Bridge Mall is another element of the CBD Making Ballarat
Central Strategy. Adopted by Council last year, the Strategy includes long
term infrastructure and traffic alignment investment, as well as shorter term
furniture and amenity upgrades such as this playspace upgrade and new
street furniture. Initiatives such as the Town Hall Fresh Produce Market and
'Summer in the city' event program are also part of the strategy.
For further information on the project or the CBD Strategy contact
Council's CBD Place Manager Anthony Schreenan on 5320 5579 or email
Above: L to R Ballarat Mayor Cr Craig Fletcher with Bridge Mall Traders Association
President David Maloney, Bridge Mall Centre Manager John Marios and Austin
McDonald at the existing play space in the Bridge Mall
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