Call for Bungendore residents to help explore playground options

Published on 16 June 2020

Mick Sherd Oval playground

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council has today called on the community of Bungendore to join forces with Council’s Urban Landscapes team to explore opportunities and possibilities for a major new playground in Bungendore.

“Young families have limited options when it comes to playgrounds in Bungendore. The only significant playground is an ageing one at Mick Sherd Oval,” said Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council Mayor, Cr Tim Overall.

In 2019 Council had great success working with a dedicated group of local Braidwood residents who helped design and fundraise for the fantastic new playground at Ryrie Park that opened in November 2019.

“With the community’s support, Council was successful in applying for grant funding to deliver a $400,000 project that features a central spinning windmill climbing frame that was how the community wanted the playground to represent Braidwood,” said Mayor Overall.

The finished park also includes a carousel, an inclusive rocker, a basket swing, a slide and a rope bridge, shade over swings, a gumnut themed cozy dome, spinning elements that are wheelchair accessible, spring rockers, rope bridges, climbing walls, monkey bars, a sensory garden, rubber soft fall and two ‘traveller’ or flying foxes.

Council’s Urban Landscapes team worked closely with Braidwood Community Association throughout the planning and development of the Ryrie Park playground.

“The project was a true partnership between the community and local government and has resulted in a magnificent outcome.

“Council would now like to form a working group with Bungendore residents to determine their needs and aspirations and help develop a new playground for the children of Bungendore.

“We are seeking around six to eight community representatives willing to volunteer some of their time to share ideas that can guide Council’s planning for a new playground,” said the Mayor.

The working group will operate relatively informally and will evolve as the project progresses, dependent on the ideas put forward. Expressions of interest can be emailed to before 30 June 2020.