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Broken Hill Council undertakes online play equipment selection process

Broken Hill Council undertakes online play equipment selection process
May 1, 2020

An online play equipment selection process for Sturt Park in which the public has been involved was recently undertaken by Broken Hill City Council.

Council had budgeted for a new flying fox, toddlers' castle, and a disability-inclusive play item and decided to place options on their website from which the public could choose.

Following Council modifying its plans for the park's play area, Sturt Park could soon feature a new double flying fox.

Initial upgrade plans for the park were primarily focused on the toddlers' area, however the scope was broadened after an audit of current equipment found that the flying fox would soon need to be replaced.

Council's General Manager, James Roncon, said the change in plans was reflective of Council's better approach to asset management.

Roncon advised "we're constantly gaining a better understanding of our asset base and the condition of items, and through that process we can make better-informed decisions.

"The flying fox would need to be replaced in around 18 months anyway, so it made sense to get it done now as part of this upgrade.

"It's arguably the most popular piece of equipment in the park, so we're happy to make it a priority.

"We had hoped to conduct engagement through schools, but with the COVID-19 situation we'll stick to online consultation.

"Once that process is complete, we'll look to start demolition work as soon as we're able, and we'll keep the public updated around the park's availability during the upgrade process."

The Sturt Park upgrade is funded through the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities program.

Image top: Option for double flying fox and image above: Broken Hill City Council's online options for play equipment for Sturt Park. Courtesy of Broken Hill City Council 

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