Richard Court

Richard Court


    Premier opens new Bunbury playground for all ages

    7/10/2000 2:00 PM

      Premier Richard Court today officially opened a new playground at Bunbury’s Jetty Baths Park which reinforces the beachside area’s long time use as a place of enjoyment for families and children.

      Mr Court said many people held fond memories of time spent at Jetty Baths as youngsters - taking their first swimming lessons or enjoying the protected beach.

      “It is very appropriate that our children will be able to continue to enjoy this area and the new playground, which has been designed with children of all ages and abilities in mind,” he said.

      The $200,000 playground was jointly funded by the Variety Club of Western Australia and Landcorp - the State Government’s land development agency.

      Initially, both groups had plans to build play facilities just 500m apart. Instead, by pooling their resources and their ideas, Landcorp and the Variety Club have created a playground that can be enjoyed by both able-bodied children and children with disabilities.

      Mr Court said the success of the partnership was reflected in the quality of the new playground.

      “The Variety Club works very hard at many events each year to improve the quality of life of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and as the State Government, we are delighted to work in partnership with them on this very worthwhile project,” he said.

      “”The playground has been built to inspire and excite all children, including those with disabilities, and is based on a dockyard theme to reflect the history of Bunbury as a port city.”

      Special features of the playground include:
      • a crane with wheelchair access at the back of the beach jetty;
      • a wheelchair trail, through a beach house to the rear of the playground;
      • a jetty playground with slides, poles, scrambling net, talking tubes and ship funnels;
      • a lawned area where children can leap from the back of one tyre dolphin to another; and -
      • a warehouse playground for younger children based on a packing crate theme.

      The playground sits among the award-winning Marlston Hill residential development project, also managed bv Landcorp.

      “As Marlston Hill moves into its next phase with the creation of the $50 million Marlston Waterfront project, the area will become even more attractive and Bunbury's revitalised city centre will be extended giving so many more leisure opportunities to the local community and visitors.”

      The Premier acknowledged the City of Bunbury for supporting the playground project and congratulated local contractor Earthcare.

      “Everyone who has played a role in the completion of this project can be very proud of their achievements and can share in the joy the facility will bring to so many children,” Mr Court said.

      Media contact: Justine Whittome 9222 9475