Cook up playground plans at free sausage sizzle

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Harvey shire’s manager of community and economic development Patrick Quinlivan, shire president Tania Jackson and community development officer Amy Pitts cook up some ideas about the new playground for Ridley Place Foreshore Playground.
Camera IconHarvey shire’s manager of community and economic development Patrick Quinlivan, shire president Tania Jackson and community development officer Amy Pitts cook up some ideas about the new playground for Ridley Place Foreshore Playground. Credit: Jacinta Cantatore

Australia has a long history of mixing democracy with a sausage sizzle and this is well and truly the case in the Shire of Harvey.

On Saturday, as polls close for the local government elections, shire staff are asking residents to join them for a free sausage sizzle at the Ridley Place foreshore to share ideas about the planned playground at the site.

The event, which forms part of the community consultation for the Ridley Place Foreshore Playground, will be held in the barbecue area from 10am to noon.

Harvey shire president Tania Jackson hoped community members would have their say on something that would be a major part of the foreshore’s identity for years.

“We would like people to come and see the concept design for themselves and to give us feedback on what they think,” she said.

“I think they will be excited by the plans.”

Ideas for the nature-play focussed playground include a log cubby, balance beams, ability swing, flying fox and water play area, as well as a giant crab as the main play feature.

This Stage 3 project of the Ridley Place Foreshore Master Plan project follows on from upgrades to the boat ramp and carpark reconfiguration at the site.

Stage 4 works will include a cafe or restaurant and upgrades to the toilet facilities.

The shire’s community development team have consulted with the community for more than four years on the master plan.

Cr Jackson said there would be an impact on the area during construction over the coming months, but it would be kept as minimal as possible.

“This playground will be an asset well worth waiting for,” she said.

“We hope to have the playground ready as early as Australia Day if we can.”

Click here to view the plans on the shire website.

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