Panel says it’s play time: Jindalee playground approval

An artist’s impression of a cube stack.
An artist’s impression of a cube stack.

A JINDALEE developer received approval to build its foreshore playground after scaling down plans.

The North West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel approved the revised playground plans submitted by Satterley Property Group (SPG) last month.

SPG originally submitted a $3.8 million proposal for the park and playground in its Eden Beach estate in March, but the panel referred it back at its May 26 meeting after City of Wanneroo staff said the playground was too costly.

The initial proposal featured a stacked cube tower, a rope loop “sea slug”, a skywalk, slide, net and rope structures. It was expected to cost almost $2.25 million to install.

Although the developer would initially pay for the playground, City planning implementation manager Pas Bracone said the City might not accept handover if it could not afford to maintain or replace equipment.

SPG has since revised its plans and removed the proposed skywalk, with installation of the rest of the playground equipment expected to cost $682,000.

“The applicant reduced the cost of play equipment by removing some items (i.e. skywalk) and sourcing and supplying the equipment locally,” a council report said.

Although the lower costs were still outside the City’s budget of $40,000 to replace equipment, the report recommended conditional approval. The five-member panel unanimously agreed to the recommendation with 13 conditions, including proof that the play equipment could be maintained and replaced with similar equipment within the City’s budget.

Panel member Fred Zuideveld successfully moved an amendment requiring the developer to also provide temporary toilet facilities close to the park until permanent facilities could be built.

SPG chief executive Nigel Satterley said the developers were “delighted” to start building the foreshore playground.

“There has always been a strong vision for the estate that captures a relaxed, coastal life with everything that families might need and it’s all starting to come together,” he said.

“With the playground expected to be complete by 2016, the foreshore is going to be a great attraction for the estate in the summer.”

PLAYGROUND COSTS

3 cube stacks: $110,000

2 cube stacks: $75,000

4 tumbling cubes: $110,000

Sea slug: $375,000

Decorative poles: $12,000

Total: $682,000