KIDS and families in Gnowangerup can now enjoy a fun day at the park and enjoy an all-new adventure playground thanks to a government grant to the Shire.
The $70,000 adventure playground was officially opened last week at the Gnowangerup Sporting Complex by Shire President Fiona Gaze and Federal Minister for O’Connor Rick Wilson.
The nature-based playground features a play fort, a climbing pyramid and a play tractor, all challenging kids to explore new things and have fun.
Ms Gaze said it was an exciting day for the Shire and the Gnowangerup community.
“The nature playground has been designed and constructed by South Coast Nature Play to fit in with the nature surrounds of the Gnowangerup Sporting Complex and to ensure it fits well with the current uses of the facility,” she said.
The funding for the playground comes from a one-million-dollar grant from the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program, which is contributing to 13 other projects in Gnowangerup
Mr Wilson, who attended the opening, said the new adventure playground would complement a local playgroup that recently moved to the sporting complex.
“While Gnowangerup’s sporting complex as a whole is truly magnificent, until now the playgroup’s children had no dedicated outdoor play equipment,” Mr Wilson said.
“With Gnowangerup experiencing a baby boom at present, the new playground will greatly benefit the Shire’s children for years to come.”
The $1 million investment in Gnowangerup is part of $7 million invested across the Great Southern region under an extension to the Federal Drought Communities Program.
Projects are also being completed in the City of Albany and shires of Plantagenet, Katanning, Cranbrook, Broomehill-Tambellup, and Jerramungup.
Together, the projects, all due for completion by June 30, are designed to improve water infrastructure and community resilience in communities recently affected by drought.
“Footy and cricket matches take a long time to play out, and young children of onlooking parents can sometimes get a bit restless,” Mr Wilson said.
“An added benefit of the project is that spectators will be able to take a short stroll to the new playground to break up the day for their kids.”