Smoky Bay families to benefit from playground upgrades

PLAYGROUND: Desrae Beattie, Rowan Ramsey, Colleen Holmes, Judd Evans, Brian Rock, Elaine Rock and Jeff Holmes. Picture: Supplied

PLAYGROUND: Desrae Beattie, Rowan Ramsey, Colleen Holmes, Judd Evans, Brian Rock, Elaine Rock and Jeff Holmes. Picture: Supplied

The refurbished Smoky Bay playground has proven a great hit with families with the new equipment providing kids with plenty of fun.

Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey was pleased to drop in recently and see locals enjoying the refurbished playground.

He said a lot of hard work had gone into the project including a new safety fence erected with the assistance of a $9000 grant from the federal government Building Better Regions program.

Playground committee coordinator Colleen Holmes and progress association president Desrae Beattie are thrilled with the results and the number of people using the facility.

"The committee took the opportunity offered by the grant to engage with the community and do much more at the playground including extending the soft fill and installing a low retainer made from treated sleepers,” Mr Ramsey said.

“They also installed some new equipment, which has been a real hit with playground users.

"I was particularly taken with the parent/infant swing which was being used with great enthusiasm when I visited.

"Overall, Smoky Bay is as neat as a pin and it is a great credit to the progress association and the residents.”

Progress association member Elaine Rock praised the grant and upgrades.

“It enables a security fence all around the playground, we also replaced some wood and we extended the playground,” she said.

“On top of the grant, $12,000 from the association’s recycling arm was put toward the work.

“The council came to the fore and supplied sleepers to extend the playground and the rest was with volunteers.”

She said it is important in offering a safe and dedicated area for children.

“It’s important because it’s somewhere kids can play and dogs can be kept out,” Mrs Rock said.

“The area is constantly used and the security angle was important, you don’t have to worry about kids running on to the road next to the playground.

“A lawn area was also put in, there’s not a lot of grass around Smoky Bay so the kids can play on the grass.”

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