Day set to discuss future of Lake Ellen Playground – Bundaberg Now
It’s the playground the community built and now residents are being asked their thoughts on the future of the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground.
A consultation day will be held on March 19 where residents can talk with project managers before the publication of a survey on the redevelopment of the park.
Opened in 2008, the popular local playground adjoining Baldwin Swamp and Lake Ellen has been funded by all levels of government and a major community-led fundraising effort.
It currently includes a large playground with elements suitable for all ages, a network of cycle paths and a Liberty swing, designed for wheelchairs.
The Hub also includes a large shelter with plenty of tables making this area a popular park for families and children, and is often used for children’s parties and family barbecues.
Bundaberg Regional Council parks and gardens portfolio spokesman Cr Wayne Honor said the park and playground facilities had been identified as in need of an upgrade.
“For nearly 15 years, these wonderful facilities have served the community well, providing hours of fun for families and children of all ages and abilities,” said Cr Honor.
“The current facilities are approaching the end of their useful life, so we are starting the consultation process now to create a replacement plan when the time comes.”
But regarding exactly what the existing facilities will be replaced with, Cr Honor said the Council wanted to hear from the community.
“We want to honor the legacy of this community-led initiative by incorporating local feedback into future plans for the area.
“We are asking the community to think about how they would like to use this space in the future and what kinds of facilities and amenities they would like to see available.
“Council recently undertook a similar consultation process with the redevelopment of Boreham Park and we have all seen the wonderful results that have been achieved there when residents and council have worked together.
“Following feedback from the community council, the council will then develop concept plans for the new Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground.”
Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Parks and Playgrounds Consultation Day
WHEN: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday March 19, 2022
OR: Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground, East Bundaberg
WHAT: The council invites residents to have their say and ensure that the future of the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground is guided by the needs and vision of the community.
In addition to completing a survey, residents will be able to speak with Council staff and consultants about the project, as well as provide feedback on their vision for the space through a number of consultation activities to children and adults.
Survey to be published after the consultation day
After the consultation day, the survey will be distributed to the community.
For more information on the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub park and playground upgrade and to receive project updates, visit the project page at ourbundabergregion.com.au.
Hard copies of the survey will be available from March 21 at any Council Service Center by calling 1300 883 699 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions close on Sunday April 10 and hard copies of the survey must be returned to Council by Friday April 8.