27 June 2012

Centenary funds an "inclusive" park for children. Public servants to pay special [volunteered] tax

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Today Chief Minister Katy Gallagher announced that $50,000 will be allocated to the construction of a Boundless National Children’s Playground as part of next year’s centenary celebrations.

The playground has been planned to be constructed in the National Triangle, near the Carillion, with the first stage hopefully being opened to the public in Children’s Week, October 2013.

“Once completed, this will be an exciting new space for children and young people where there are no barriers to play or inclusion,” the Chief Minister said.

“With the support of the National Capital Authority, a prominent site has been identified close to the National Carillon in Kings Park.

“The Boundless playground will be a wonderful gift to Canberra in the Centenary year with a view to the first stage being opened during Children’s Week in October 2013,” the Chief Minister said.

The project will be community-driven from grass roots involvement in the design of the playground’s many elements through to a big fundraising effort to finance the playground via workplace giving amongst public servants employed by the Commonwealth and ACT Governments.

UPDATE 27/06/12 14:57: The NCA has a consultation page with which to avail yourselves and a map.

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What children actually need are for the government to finally replace the tree houses at Weston Park.

Yes, that would be very helpful for children in wheelchairs or with cerebral palsy. Nothing PC about this, just a space where all families can take their children, regardless of ability. If you were a parent of a child with a disability, you may just appreciate the initiative.

So how much money is actually needed from public servants and what happens if that figure isn’t reached? Does ACT Gov cop it sweet for promising something it couldn’t afford? Or does the PS collective get blamed for not wanting to fork out?

I’ve seen these “inclusive” parks – they have one swing that’s built like a boat for the spases to ride, which eventually has padlocks put on it to stop the mental retard bogans from breaking it.
PC-idiocy at its finest.

What children actually need are for the government to finally replace the tree houses at Weston Park.

wildturkeycanoe9:30 pm 27 Jun 12

“Boundless”?? Only bounded by two major arterial roads and a body of water. And who will protect the trees…think of the trees!!!! [tongue in cheek smilie]

Nice a massive park between a water hazard and a two major roads and an overpass.

What age of teenagers are they planning to have at this park and how soon will they be developing to put skyrises next to the park to put it to good use!

$50K would probably cover the installation of the lawn watering system.

This is total B#$@*hit.

There will be no ‘tax’ on public servants but public servants (ACT and Commonwealth) will be asked to contribute through workplace giving schemes. This playground will be a great addition to our city in its centenary year and we are confident people will give generously.

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