Public consultation has now closed on this engagement.
Island Recreation have been awarded the contract to supply and install a climbing and rope structure to replace the removed teenrager equipment. A dual flying fox will also be installed.
Based on delivery time and availability of equipment work is expected to begin in February 2023.
Additional play equipment and footpaths are currently being designed and costed for the playground.
Council will be undertaking an upgrade of the Play Space situated at Dru Point Bicentennial Park in Margate.
In 2020, Council endorsed the Kingborough Play Space and Playground Audit 2020 which highlighted a number of issues and identified that some of the play equipment was tired and no longer fit for purpose.
In 2021, the ‘Teenrager’ (older children’s equipment) was removed, the all-abilities slide was upgraded, and the shade sails replaced.
Project Going Forward:
Council has allocated $495,000 for this Play Space upgrade, with the budget to particularly focus on the areas below:
- Replacement of the “Teenrager” area with a flying fox, climbing dome and play hammocks;
- Installation of musical and sensory equipment;
- Improvements to the younger children’s area, including increasing the size of the sand pit equipment;
- Replacement or repair of the train;
- Small scale enhancements on the sailing ship; and
- Enhancements to the pathway network.
Council is aware that there have been public concerns about the delays in advancing this project and would like to reassure the community that we are progressing the upgrade with priority.
We apologise for the delays which have been partly due to the impacts of COVID-19 and partly due to resourcing issues within Council.
Significant feedback has already been incorporated into this space. However, any member of the public wishing to provide further feedback can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6211 8200.
Feedback will be open until Friday 5 August, 2022.
It is important to note that the upgrade of the facility has been designed to meet the allocation of funds available.
What’s at Dru Point Bicentennial Park
- Public Play Space
- Memorial Garden dedicated to missing persons
- Significant areas of indigenous heritage
- Location of critical endangered Eucalyptus ovata and native vegetation and wildlife habitat
- Dog walkers’ area with a fenced dog agility area
Background and Reports
A detailed community engagement and consultation program was undertaken to inform the development of the Dru Point Masterplan.
The following areas were highlighted by the community as priorities to be considered in the upgrade of the park:
- A high level of accessible inclusive design;
- Smaller children’s playground, including nature play, water play, a smaller slide and more signs’;
- Improved play equipment for older children/teenagers; and
- Flying fox, more climbing equipment, more swings, larger and more interesting slides.
Council endorsed the Kingborough Play Space and Playground Audit 2020.
- Summary: All Kingborough’s playgrounds are audited every year for safety. The audit showed that some of the much-loved equipment in Dru Point Play Space was in need of repair or replacement.
Council undertook upgrades to:
- Slide in the ‘all abilities’ playground at Dru Point,
- Removed the Teenrager / older children play space, and
- Replaced the shade sail
Detailed design work undertaken on the upgrade of the play space in line with the available budget of $495,000.