Bassendean: nature playground site at Sandy Beach Reserve to be decided

Bassendean: nature playground site at Sandy Beach Reserve to be decided

FUNDING for a new playground at Sandy Beach Reserve in Bassendean is likely to be considered in the Town’s coming budget.

Town of Bassendean has wanted to build a nature-based regional playground since 2008 but council rejected a proposal in the 2015-16 budget.

Sandy Beach Reserve was confirmed as the preferred location in May.

Funding for the project was included in the draft budget, which lead to the beginning of the design process.

Community development director Graeme Haggart said the Town first developed a playground implementation plan and looked at different locations in 2008.

“Sandy Beach was perceived as one of the most picturesque places in town and would be a natural fit,” Mr Haggart said.

“It is either at Sandy Beach or in the near vicinity of Sandy Beach and where it will be finally located will be part of the design process.”

He said council staff were preparing a tender document regarding design and construction of the playground.

“The design will be a community engagement exercise so we will get the contractor to be respective and work very closely with the community in determining the nature of the playground, the design features of the playground and also the location,” he said.

“It is very much in the hands of council in terms of the budgeting process, so as soon as the budget is adopted and assuming that the allocation is in there, the design will be able to go out to tender straight away.”

He said he hoped council would support the application.

“Demand is being driven by the community itself,” he said.