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New play space underway at Victory Park

Image of labelled designs for Victory Park play space

Monday 27 May 2019

Preparation works will begin this week on a new and larger play space for children and families at Victory Park in the centre of Castlemaine.

The play space has been designed to provide fun for children of all ages and abilities, and should be ready for action in October.

Mount Alexander Shire Council’s Director Infrastructure and Development Phil Josipovic said there is plenty to look forward to, with lots of different elements that kids will love.

“There’s a zip line by popular demand, an accessible wheelchair carousel, a basket swing, ping pong table, musical play, chess table, cubbies to explore and more,” said Mr Josipovic.

“We want to provide an inspirational place for children to come to play, explore and imagine.”

The design includes nature-inspired elements like climbing boulders, low rock walls, logs and gardens. Indigenous elements including a grinding stone, yabby sculpture, shadow wall and images of Bungil will recognise the rich Aboriginal cultural in the area.

There’ll be lots of seating and the beautiful mosaic Maia seat will be relocated.

Council worked with landscape architects and the community to develop the design, with input from experts in play – young, local kids.

“Local children have told us the kind of things they wanted and we’ve checked back in with them along the way,” said Mr Josipovic.

Council received ideas and input on the designs through community surveys, mood boards, displays and pop-up play spaces. It also held discussions with local kindergartens and childcare centres, as well as community organisations like Windarring and Nalderun.

“Thanks to all the children and community members who shared their ideas and feedback to help us develop a design that will make this play space truly special,” said Mr Josipovic.

“Victory Park is a popular location for local families and visitors to enjoy in the shire. This is going to be a wonderful asset and we look forward to seeing everyone get outdoors and play.”

The upgrade of the playground from local level to a district level play space was a recommendation in Council’s Let’s Play Strategy, and the relocation was also recommended in the Victory Park Conservation Management Plan.

Children will be able to play on the existing playground until just a few weeks before the new play space is ready. Stay tuned for updates on Council’s Facebook page.

Image: Designs showing some of the elements of the new play space.

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