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Rejuvenated Gungahlin playground opens

Lachlan Roberts 11 September 2019 27
Gungahlin playground

Ollie showing Minister for City Services Chris Steel and Members for Yerrabi Suzanne Orr, Michael Pettersson and Deepak-Raj Gupta around the new playground in Gungahlin. Photos: Lachlan Roberts.

The ACT Government hopes a bird’s nest swing, stepping stumps, new trees, totem poles and a drum kit will help rejuvenate the previous drab concrete jungle of the Gungahlin Town Centre and become a focal point for the growing region.

The newest addition to Canberra’s 500 playgrounds has been built on the central median on Gungahlin Place between Efkarpidis Street and Hibberson Street, with the government spending $785,000 on the new playspace.

Minister for City Services Chris Steel said the new playground equipment, as well as landscaping improvements like rubber soft fall surfacing, trees, garden beds and street furniture, was designed to complement the existing playground and appeal to a younger age group.

“The new playground will help improve the look of Gungahlin Place and make it a more friendly environment for children and families,” Mr Steel said. “It will provide new play experiences for local children and those coming down to Gungahlin Place with their families to shop in the Town Centre.

“We know the benefits when playgrounds are located next to shops and businesses, and with easy access to the bus interchange and light rail, we are confident this new play space will be well used by families.

“Playgrounds are a focal point of the community and it’s great to see the community come together to support the project which will be enjoyed by Gungahlin families for years to come.”

The Gungahlin Rotary Club donated $12,000 for the bird’s nest swing and a refurbished bench adjacent to the swing.

Mr Steel said the new playspace will improve the overall amenity of the Gungahlin Town Centre and was an example of the need to continually evolve town centres as they grow.

“When I have toured Gungahlin with Labor Member for Yerrabi Michael Pettersson, Michael pointed out this area has quite a lot of concrete in it,” Mr Steel said. “Gungahlin is a relatively new suburb but the town centre itself is one of the oldest parts.

“So it is nice that as a part of this project that we have been able to add more plants, trees and patches of grass in Gungahlin Place,” Mr Steel said.


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27 Responses to Rejuvenated Gungahlin playground opens
Emily Adair Emily Adair 2:37 pm 15 Sep 19

That’s how much some plastic paving and stumps cost. Seriously?

Cecilia Marshall Cecilia Marshall 7:39 pm 14 Sep 19

It doesn’t look any different surely that money could have been put towards something more important?

Richard Willcoxson Richard Willcoxson 8:45 am 14 Sep 19

$750,000 for a playground? Surely someone is taking the piss.

    Jo Burke Jo Burke 2:42 pm 14 Sep 19

    Richard Willcoxson $12,000 for a swing, what!!!!!

Chris McDonald Chris McDonald 5:48 pm 12 Sep 19

Tim McDonald wanna duck down for a bit of competition in a spring bouncy horse race?

Gwyn Rees Gwyn Rees 11:09 am 12 Sep 19

Do these people actually talk to children?

This is what happens when Queanbeyan builds a playground.

Slides, toadstool cubby house, ramps, swings, climbing tower, pirate ship, merry go round, wheelchair swing and more...

But wait those native grasses that take an eye out are soooo much better - said no kid or parent ever!

Jess Hooper-Chase Jess Hooper-Chase 10:59 am 12 Sep 19

Suzie Kennedy is that your gorgeous ollie?

Geeta Datta Geeta Datta 8:05 am 12 Sep 19

Well how's about putting the playground in Kippax back?!

Hannah Branch Hannah Branch 7:53 am 12 Sep 19

Suzie Kennedy look whos the mum of a model

    Suzie Kennedy Suzie Kennedy 7:55 am 12 Sep 19

    Hannah Branch first modelling contract straight from kindy

    Hannah Branch Hannah Branch 7:58 am 12 Sep 19

    Suzie Kennedy start them young. Earn dem $$$

Andrea Lloyd Andrea Lloyd 10:11 pm 11 Sep 19

Pity about the savannah of paving surrounding it. How about some lovely green grass?

Brydie Kelly Brydie Kelly 9:13 pm 11 Sep 19

Can we get one in Tuggeranong?

Lucy Rose Lucy Rose 8:03 pm 11 Sep 19

Dominic Duncan this kid looks familiar...?

Vanessa Jones Vanessa Jones 3:51 pm 11 Sep 19

How about a playground for Margaret Timpson Park in Belconnen town centre?

So many new units in Belconnen.

Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 3:49 pm 11 Sep 19

Yeah, let's fix all the things in Gungahlin and neglect the other seven valleys in Canberra.

    Tracey Haridemos Tracey Haridemos 4:21 pm 11 Sep 19

    Gwg Heldon Gungahlin really needs to have some things provided for its residents. We don’t even have a cinema or many specialty shops. It is only just getting what other areas have had for many years.

    Alex Thomson Alex Thomson 5:29 pm 11 Sep 19

    Tracey Haridemos or dual lane roads, still waiting on those

    Gwg Heldon Gwg Heldon 5:42 pm 11 Sep 19

    Woden is in dire need of things too. And Weston. And South Canberra. And West Belconnen.

    And yes, Gungahlin isn't finished and it needs facilities but to renew a recently built playground? There's a playground at the end of my street that needs renewing. Hello, it needs it's bin emptied more than once a year.

Natalie Ferris Natalie Ferris 3:43 pm 11 Sep 19

Yet parks on the south side are much older but they won't do anything to them. Some of them still have the same equipment I played on in the 90s

Darron Marks Darron Marks 3:40 pm 11 Sep 19

I noticed they planted a bit of grass and I can tell you that it looks so much better than the concrete they had before nice work.

BTW there is a Floriade in the Suburbs setup this Saturday in the Gungahlin CBD there will be live music and family entertainment and a Giant Gnome !!

12-3pm Saturday 14th good day to visit and have a look at the new playground !

Rob Thomas Rob Thomas 3:39 pm 11 Sep 19

Everything is terrible!

Shawn Mulgrue Shawn Mulgrue 3:31 pm 11 Sep 19

It would want a bloody roller coaster to for that much!

    Darron Marks Darron Marks 3:43 pm 11 Sep 19

    Yeah you would be surprised at how much kids playground equipment costs in general Shawn it is really expensive.

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