Mount Beauty Foreshore Playground contract awarded

Council backs children’s first choice in playground equipment

Children in the upper Kiewa Valley will soon be playing on new playground equipment at the Mount Beauty Foreshore.

Alpine Shire Council awarded the $120,000 (excl GST) contract for the custom design, fabrication and installation of playground equipment to Agency of Sculpture during last Tuesday’s ordinary council meeting.

Director Assets Charlie Bird said the approval of the contract was another step forward in Progressing Place Project.

“The upgrading of the Mount Beauty Foreshore and Mount Beauty Town Centre comprise the Progressing Place Project and the installation of new playground equipment at the Foreshore is part of the project,” he said.

“Earthworks for the Foreshore’s new toilets commenced on Monday and residents are going to start to see some changes happening around town as well.”

Earlier this year, Council asked children living in the upper Kiewa Valley what type of playground equipment they wanted to see installed in Bicentennial Park at the Foreshore.

“The great thing about this particular part of the project is that Council has been able to award the contract to the company whose design was the most popular with local children,” Mr Bird said.

“We were able to ascertain what the children wanted to play on from the initial discussion, which was, big, tall and scary, and we then put those ideas into a brief and short listed a number of options and took those to the kids.

“The children voted on their preferred option of a large play structure, turbine spinner, stone spinners, stone arch and stone towers at the Foreshore.”

Mr Bird said the new playground equipment should be installed before the end of April.

“The contractor Agency of Sculpture will now commence a detailed design of the equipment and once that has been completed the equipment will be fabricated and should begin to get installed in early 2016,” he said.

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