Mansfield Shire Council is a step closer to realising the community’s vision for the Botanic Park playground as it learnt this week that the project has received $250,000 from the Victorian Government’s 2020-21 Local Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said she was delighted to receive the news that the playground is one of 100 projects to be funded.
“We thank the Victorian government and Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes. Council’s contribution as per the proposed 2020-21 budget is $250,000. We have also applied for funding under the Victorian Government’s Growing Victoria’s Botanic Gardens grant program. These additional funds will support delivery of the full design which includes dual flying fox, improved accessibility to all play elements and partial fencing adjacent to Ford’s creek,” Cr Attley said.
“Once we know the outcome of this application, we can put the project out for tender,” she said.
“This is great news for the community and I especially would like to thank the members of the project reference group and the many people who provided input into the design through the community consultation phases.
“We’ve ended up with a design that includes a rope climbing course, trampolines, sculptures, a double-cable flying fox and wheelchair accessible paths. It will be a big attraction for local families and visitors once complete.”
The project was initiated in 2010 when it was noted how well-used the playground equipment was but that it was ageing. With a 2019 safety audit finding the equipment didn’t meet safety requirements, Council allocated $250,000 to make a start on the project, with a view to seeking another $250,000 in funding.