SHANE Rattenbury has encouraged Canberrans to put forward their views on what play equipment they would like to replace the old flying fox at Point Hut Pond District Park.
“Point Hut Pond District Park in Gordon has long been a popular recreational spot for children and their families,” Shane said.
“Unfortunately the flying fox was closed in 2012 as it did not meet current Australian standards for safety and was subject to repeated incidents of vandalism, particularly relating to the soft-fall surface underneath. This regularly required substantial repairs which were not only costly, but meant that the flying fox was often closed in order to undertake the repairs.
“The constant vandalism and age has deteriorated the synthetic soft-fall beyond repair and cost estimates to replace the full extent of the surface are in the order of $300,000. This would be in addition to the cost of works required to ensure the equipment is improved to meet the current Australian safety standards as well as the cost of ongoing maintenance.
“Given the costs of replacement and the ongoing costs of maintenance, it has been decided that the flying fox will be removed and replaced with an alternate piece of equipment and we would like the community’s help to choose the new equipment.
“The ACT Government would like Canberra residents to tell us what sort of equipment should replace the flying fox as part of the $300,000 upgrade. New swings, climbing nets or a smaller sized flying fox are just some of the possible options.
“Community consultation is open until Friday 28 August 2015. More information, including a survey, is available online at www.timetotalk.act.gov.au and at Tuggeranong Library. Residents living in Gordon will also receive a letter and survey about the planned upgrade.”
Results of the feedback will be consolidated to help inform the design of the new play equipment with construction expected to commence in early 2016.