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Mansfield Botanic Park Playground Renewal


Mansfield Shire Council is seeking community input into the development of a new play space for the Mansfield Botanic Park.


Mansfield Shire Council is working to renew the play space at the Mansfield Botanic Park.

Due to recently identified safety risks, all treated pine play equipment will be removed and community engagement will commence immediately to inform the development of a new regionally significant playground including a nature play area.

Over the coming months Council will develop fully scoped designs for the space with the intention of commencing construction and implementing a new playground by December 2021.

How You Can Be Involved

How You Can Be Involved: 

Mansfield Shire Council is seeking interest from community representatives to join the Project Reference Group to develop a vision and design for a new children’s play space at the Mansfield Botanic Park.

The purpose of the Project Reference Group is to:

1. Share a range of ideas, views, values and aspirations for the playground upgrade.

2. Provide feedback and recommendations for preparation of the draft concept designs.

3. Assist Council and the contractor to better understand community issues, concerns and opportunities.

For full details on the functions of the group, please refer to the Project Reference Group Terms of Reference.

Expressions of interest will be accepted until 5.00pm on Tuesday 10 September 2019 and can be made by completing the Online Expression of Interest Form

Written expressions of interest delivered to Council will also be accepted.  To obtain a copy of the application form please contact Council on 5775 8555 or download the PDF version.

What Happens Next

What Happens Next: 

Community representatives will be selected based upon their capacity to meet the following criteria:

  • Applicants must be a resident of Mansfield Shire (full or part-time)
  • Ability to represent users of diverse ages and abilities
  • Demonstrated links to relevant user groups and networks

Council representatives for the Reference Group will act as the selection panel with the final decision on membership to be determined by Council.

For full details on the functions of the group, please refer to the Project Reference Group Terms of Reference.

The lifespan of the Project Reference Group will be correlated to Stage One of the project – the development of a fully scoped design. There will be four meetings of the Project Reference Group at the following stages:

• Meeting 1 to provide input to the project brief and consultation process;

• Meeting 2 to provide input into concept design and community engagement methods;

• Meeting 3 to review draft concept plan for public exhibition

• Meeting 4 to review final concept design.

The Project Reference Group will be disbanded after its final meeting, on endorsement of the final concept design


10 September 2019  Expressions of Interest for Project Reference Group (PRG) Close 

17 September 2019  Council adoption of Project Reference Group membership and Terms of Reference

September 2019

PRG Meeting 1

Request for Quotations released to engage Design Consultant for project

October 2019

Design Consultant Engaged 

PRG Meeting 2

November 2019

First Phase of Community Consultation

December 2019

Draft Concept Design Complete

PRG Meeting 3

JanuaryFebruary 2020

Public Consultation on concept design

March 2020

PRG Meeting 4

May 2020

Council Endorsement of Final Design

June October 2020

Council to seek supplimentary project funding from external agencies.

From November 2020

Project Construction to commence

December 2021

Project Complete

Contact Information

Mel Hotton
Community Services Manager
03 5775 8555
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