Update – Warragamba Inclusive Play Space

Update – Warragamba Inclusive Play Space

Posted on: 29.01.2019

The Wollondilly Council team is excited to be delivering the Warragamba Inclusive Play Space for the community and is very disappointed to have to advise that the scheduled ‘Stage 1 Opening’ in February has to be postponed as the area that was to be “opened” will not be sufficiently ready and safe for public access. Council is working with the contractor to determine a revised program and will be organising a full scale community celebration for the fully functional Play Space.

Acting CEO Michael Malone said, “Up until Christmas, despite a number of factors going against the project (including the major storm event in December), we were still confident of the Stage 1 area being completed and safe for the planned February opening. However, since returning in the New Year we have had to re-assess the reality of the situation.”

Little momentum has been achieved on site over January and Council received confirmation this week that a number of the remaining key components are yet to be ordered and that some have a range of lead times from 8 to 14 weeks, either requiring manufacture or to be imported.

If all goes well, these components will start arriving and being installed in April/May. Under the contract there is also a defects and quality process that could add four weeks for the works to be completed and deemed safe and usable. These minimum times also don’t allow for any more of the storm events or rain that Wollondilly has been experiencing this summer so a longer timeframe would not be unexpected.

Mr Malone noted, ”The later stages of construction have obviously not gone to plan and this is of significant concern to Council. However, we are working with the contractor to resolve these outstanding issues as well as identifying any opportunities to accelerate delivery times so this great community facility can be finished and enjoyed by the community as soon as possible.”

“Taking into account the current issues and the likelihood of further weather delays, we expect that a realistic opening time for the completed Play Space is June; however, if we can get it open sooner even without a celebration to mark the event, we will.”

Livvi’s Place was designed according to the principles of inclusive play, along with feedback received from community engagement activities. In fact, the community has been heavily involved through every stage of this project.

A Gundungurra elder has designed four laser cut fence panels which will tell the story of the Gundungurra people while the children from Warragamba Public School have created over 200 tiles which will decorate the entrance wall, with the theme ‘Everyone Can Play’.

The $1.4m inclusive play space is supported with $350,000 from the Federal Government through Angus Taylor MP, Member for Hume, and the Hon Dr John McVeigh MP, Minister for Regional Development.

A further $350,000 from the NSW Government’s Office of Open Space and Parklands, part of the Department of Planning, and supported by the NSW Minister for Planning and Housing Anthony Roberts, was secured by the Touched by Olivia Foundation towards the project.

$10,000 was contributed by Member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell from the Community Building Partnerships Program, along with a further $19,000 that was raised from community fundraising activities. Council is funding the balance of the project.

Once complete, the play space will feature a large climbing net, a wheelchair accessible carousel, a flying fox, swings, water play, musical items, a changing place amenities facility and much more.