Shire of Esperance to release new Park Plan

Photo: Jesinta Burton.
Photo: Jesinta Burton.

The new Ralph Bower Adventureland Park Implementation Plan is set to be released for feedback, with a $218,545 upgrade scheduled for the 2018/19 financial year.

The Plan was endorsed by Council at Tuesday evening’s Council Meeting on April 24 and will now be released to surrounding residents and the Shire’s Youth Advisory Council for comment.

Shire of Esperance chief executive officer Matthew Scott said the Shire had been working with a number of community groups, including the Ralph Bower Working Group, to develop the plan.

“We will be utilising our Youth Advisory Council to actually get a perspective from the users of the play equipment and from residents to provide some feedback back to Council,” he said.

“I suppose it’s a conditional endorsement that is subject to the feedback from those groups but there is some exciting stuff in it [the Plan].

“Hopefully we’ll make another great piece of public open space for our community to use.”

The Plan identified 18 areas that needed improvement and narrowed down 10 key upgrades, including a flying fox, giant swing, a playground, viewing tower, a children’s bike track, large climbing net, basketball court upgrades and an upgrade to the maze.

Other park amenities that were also identified in the plan included a picnic area, footpaths, drink fountains and seating.

Although the plan was widely accepted by Council, councillor Basil Parker did raise some concerns about the costs associated with the proposed play equipment.

Although Council will cover more than $218,000 worth of costs, the Management Committee for the Plan indicated that they were committed to seeking additional funding from other sources for the park’s continued development.