Council Delivers with Infrastructure Levy
21 March 2017
Willoughby Council’s commitment to maintaining and upgrading the city’s parks, playgrounds and sports fields is paying off for the local community, with more than $2.7m in upgrades completed across the Willoughby Local Government Area in 2016, and a significant portion of funding coming from the Infrastructure Levy.
The most recent upgrades include those at John Roche Playground and Bonds Corner, in Northbridge.
The works at John Roche Playground include upgrades to its equipment, incorporating a medieval theme. The project included a climbing fort with slide, a spinning net, new triple swings and a horse rocker and castle unit with slide. The trike track was also upgraded.
A new playground was completed at Bonds Corner in May 2016, including a slide, basket swing, and fencing on the carpark side for safety. Upgrades are currently being conducted which will add a new see saw, climbing frame and picnic setting. A water play pump with dry creek bed will also be added, following community feedback for more water play features for children.
Based on extensive community consultation, the Infrastructure Levy was introduced in 2015 to ensure Willoughby’s community assets are maintained to a high standard of condition for current and future use. In 2017 council has committed in excess of $4.9m to park projects that are currently under construction or set to be delivered.
“Council’s commitment to maintaining and improving our beautiful parks and playgrounds ensures our community can continue to enjoy Willoughby’s outdoor living spaces now and into the future,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney.
“I am thrilled we have been able to upgrade so many facilities that are now able to be enjoyed and used by so many families.
“The Willoughby community told us they expected parks, playgrounds and other assets to be maintained to a high standard and Council will continue to meet this expectation,” Mayor Gail added.
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