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Progress continues on Harcourt play space

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A tender for construction of the play space at Stanley Park North in Harcourt is expected to go out next month.

Thursday 19 March 2020

The Harcourt community is another step closer to a new play space at Stanley Park North, with Mount Alexander Shire Council this week deciding to allocate additional funds to ensure the project meets the aspirations of the community.

Council agreed to allocate $75,000 from its Open Space Reserve to help fund the project, which is expected to go out for tender next month. The additional funds will be used towards the community’s vision of an exciting tall tower structure in the play space.

“The play space is really important to the Harcourt community and will be a key feature for the town,” said Cath Olive, Manager Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Community members of all ages provided a lot of input into the play space design, particularly local children,” said Ms Olive.

“Along with the traditional play equipment and nature play, local children sent a really strong message that they wanted a large tower in the play space to create a real ‘wow’ factor,” she said.

The all ages and all abilities play space will include a wheelchair accessible carousel, accessible and traditional swings, an accessible rocker, an exciting and challenging spinner, and extensive nature play elements. A BBQ, drinking fountain and picnic setting will ensure people stay to play and enjoy the beautiful park.

The play space will include design features that recognise the region’s fruit growing history, natural granite features and indigenous culture through bush tucker plantings.

“Play spaces are an investment in our community’s health and wellbeing, providing opportunities for young and old alike to play, connect and relax. This is going to be another tourism drawcard for the town, and will be enjoyed by thousands each year,” said Ms Olive.

Works are expected to start in June and be completed by December.

The play space and landscaping is anticipated to cost up to $500,000. Council is funding the play space in partnership with the Victorian Government, who is providing a $250,000 grant. Harcourt Progress Association has generously contributed $6,500 courtesy of a Maldon Community Bank grant.

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