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Redlands investigates water-play parks

Water play may become a feature of Redlands parks in the future following a decision by Redland City Council today to investigate options for installing water-based play equipment in the city.

Division six Councillor Julie Talty today called for a briefing paper about installing water-play equipment in playgrounds, citing the infrastructure was popular with local families, who currently visited water-play parks in surrounding cities.

“Imagine if we had water-play equipment in our city, interactive water features that would rival the beautiful whales at the Wynnum Water Park or the fantastic water fountains at Darlington Parklands, Yarrabilba,” she said.

“Throughout the school holidays, parents have travelled to these popular parks for their children to enjoy free water-based playgrounds and they’re questioning why we don’t have such community facilities locally. I agree with them – why not in the Redlands?

“Today’s decision is the first step and will investigate the type of water-play equipment available in neighbouring cities, how it works and the approximate cost to install and maintain it.”

A briefing paper about water-based play facilities in neighbouring cities will be returned to Council for consideration at a future workshop.

Cr Talty said Council would use the information to make an informed decision about the feasibility of pursuing the idea further.

“Modern playgrounds range from simple, prefabricated ‘plug and play’ designs to elaborate, custom-themed, iconic structures and it’s important we know the options before pursuing this idea further,” she said.

“From the River Heart Parklands in Ipswich to Brisbane’s Rocks Riverside Park and the Redcliffe Lagoon, the number of new and refurbished water-based playgrounds in neighbouring cities has grown in recent years.

“The fact that Redlands families are prepared to travel to visit these parks is testament to the popularity of this type of infrastructure.

“Enhancing our local parks with water-play equipment would ensure the Redlands is known as a destination of choice for families from near and far seeking a fun, affordable day out.”

Boost for Redlands Parks

Redland families have been having fun times thanks to recent makeovers of parks throughout the City.

It is part of Redland City Council’s continuing commitment to ensuring residents, particularly those with young families, have well-maintained open spaces and appropriate equipment where they can play and socialise.

Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said Council had recently invested $180,000 in upgrading parks in recognition that play areas were valuable in creating stronger communities.

“The funds allowed for existing playground equipment to be upgraded at seven mainland and Southern Moreton Bay Islands parks,’’ Cr Williams said.

“Our parks are wonderful social hubs where families and children can meet to chat and play and are vital to our Redlands lifestyle.

“The playground equipment we provide helps children to keep active, as well as learn life lessons.

“Council values the city’s parks highly and has a continuing program to ensure they remain the urban sanctuaries local residents expect.’’

Parks upgraded in the latest program include: Bailey Road, Birkdale ($47,000); Goodall Street Park, Wellington Point ($18,000); W.H. Yeo Park, Victoria Point ($36,000); Corroboree Park, Macleay Island ($29,000); Pioneer Memorial Park, Russell Island ($18,000); High Street Park, Russell Island ($20,000); Lions Boulevard Park, Russell Island ($12,000).

Council spokesman for Open Space, Sport and Recreation Councillor Lance Hewlett said Council recognised the role of parks in helping people of all ages be active and healthy.

“I am particularly pleased with the upgrade at W.H. Yeo Park, where the safe swimming at Thompson’s Beach and new arrangements for on-leash dog walking make it a great family destination,’’ Cr Hewlett said.

He said the equipment in Redlands parks was selected because it was safe and stimulating, while providing a stage for imaginative play.

For a comprehensive list of Redland City’s park and facilities go to www.redland,qld.gov.au and click on “Recreation and Facilities”, then go to “Parks”.

Amendment to animal management Local Law – have your say!

Council is urging residents to have their say now about proposed local law changes that include relaxing dog restrictions in two of the city’s parks.

The proposed amendments to Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) would:

  • permit dogs on-leash at W.H. Yeo Park, Victoria Point and at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (dogs are currently prohibited at W.H. Yeo Park at all times and at Wellington Point Reserve on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays).
  • add the current off-leash exercise area adjacent to the Redlands Softball Park at Sturgeon Street, Ormiston (This area is fenced and Council has completed a successful dog off-leash trial there.).
  • remove two designated off-leash exercise areas at Flinders Beach and Amity Point North Stradbroke Island (these areas are now part of the Minjerribah Recreation Area and Council has relinquished its trusteeship of this State land).


Division 1 Cr Wendy Boglary welcomed Council’s decision to amend the Local Law that could see dog owners walk their dogs on-leash at Wellington Point Reserve before 9am and after 4pm on weekends and public holidays, saying that the dog ban had been put in place a number of years ago and needed to be updated to reflect modern lifestyles.

“An increasing number of people walk in the early mornings, late afternoons and nights. Having their dogs on-leash presents no real public safety concerns during these times – the original reason for the restriction,” Cr Boglary said.

To have your say, written submissions must be received at Council by 26 March 2013 stating your support or opposition to the proposed amendment, and the reasons you support your view. A decision is expected at the Council meeting 17 April 2013.

Send your written submission to:
Chief Executive Officer
Redland City Council
PO Box 21
Cleveland QLD 4163

Copies of the proposed repealing local law are available on our website or for inspection and purchase at Council’s public office at Cnr Bloomfield and Middle Streets, Cleveland.

For more information please contact (07) 3829 8591.

New “ladies and gentlemen” in Mt Cotton

Mt Cotton residents’ calls for a “wee bit of relief” were answered recently, with the opening of new toilets at one of the suburbs’ major family parks.

The $150,000 toilet construction project has provided much sought-after amenities at Mt Cotton Community Park.

Completed last month, the amenities include a disabled toilet, two standard toilets and a baby change table. A rainwater storage and distribution system has also been constructed.

Division 6 Councillor, Julie Talty said that the community had been calling for toilets in the Mt Cotton Community Park, which features picnic areas, a playground, a dog off-leash area, basketball courts and a skate park.

“I am delighted that these facilities are now open for the park users. Being without toilets was especially difficult for the many families with young children who use this park.

“While new toilets may not always make headlines, they are vital to the useability and family-friendliness of the green space and this has been a very important project for Mt Cotton,” she said.

The toilet building is located near the main car park, by the two lakes.

A number of crucial factors determined the location of the toilets, including:

• The higher location will prevent flooding of the toilets during heavy rains, as most of the park is in a flood-prone zone.
• The toilets need to be in close proximity to the car park for equitable access for the disabled.
• Being in a visible location maximises public safety, in line with “Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design” principles.
• It is central to the various park facilities.

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