Waterlily Playscape AGM 2019

Waterlily Playscape AGM 2019

NOTICE OF MEETING – AGM 2019

To be held at the

Ocean Shores Country Club

on

Thursday, 18 July 2019 at 6:00pm

You are invited to attend the Waterlily Community Playscape Committee’s AGM 2019
Come along for an update on the works that are currently under-way and potential future plans for Waterlily Playscape.

 
If you would like to become a Committee Member please nominate yourself by contacting the committee via email with your details.

 

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New Fitness Equipment, Carpark Upgrade & Pathway – March 2019

New Fitness Equipment, Carpark Upgrade & Pathway – March 2019

New Fitness Equipment & Carpark Upgrade – March 2019

If you go down to the Park this week, you’re in for a big surprise! Yes! By the end of the week Waterlily Park’s refurbished carpark will be open.

And… the new Fitness Equipment with its soft fall matting is in place. The emerald green softens the gleam of the stainless steel. (The current Exercise Equipment will be refurbished and relocated within park.)

As well you’ll see that work on the wheelchair-accessible walk/cycleway is well underway and if everything goes to plan, it will be completed within a couple of weeks.

It won’t be long before the Flying Fox, the ‘Treehouse’ structure and the Shade Sails will be installed.

You need to sing the first sentence (🐻)!

Carpark Upgrade in Waterlily Park 27.3.19

Cycleway Along Waterlily Lake 9.4.2019

What’s happening in Waterlily Park? – March 2019

What’s happening in Waterlily Park? – March 2019

Some background

During 2017 Byron Shire Council and the Waterlily Community Playscape Committee (WCP Committee) worked together to apply for funding to finance Stage 3 of the Waterlily Community Playscape. Early in 2018 when we celebrated the completion of Stage 2, it was announced that Council would receive $418,806.00 for the Waterlily Playscape via the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Grant.

 

Stage 3 of the Waterlily Playscape Project includes an all-abilities Flying Fox, a multi-level ‘treehouse’ structure, shade sails for the existing play elements and an all-abilities cycle/pathway. The funds are also to be used to support Council’s upgrade of the carpark and Council has budgeted additional funding for new outdoor gym equipment in Waterlily Park.

Program of works

Anyone who has visited Waterlily Park since the beginning of February will be aware that works are definitely underway. Safety fencing (surrounded by safe walkways) has been erected around the respective work-sites and as work is completed the fencing will be moved to enclose the next work area.

Gym Equipment Site 26.2.19 With Safety Fencing

The time-line for the works is as follows:

Carpark refurbishment and sealing February – March 2019
Installation of new gym equipment Early March, 2019
Removal of existing gym equipment Late March, 2019
Installation of Flying Fox and ‘Treehouse’ structure Early April, 2019
Installation of shade cloth Early April, 2019
Installation of cycle/pathways Late April – May, 2019

Carpark

The carpark is currently being redeveloped and despite some minor delays, final completion should not be pushed out by much more than two weeks.

Gym Equipment

The installation of the current outdoor gym equipment pre-dates the Waterlily Community Playscape initiative. Council is installing new ‘like-for-like’ gym equipment (in stainless steel) on the edge of the sportsground. It is suggested that relocating it outside the children’s play-space will make it more attractive to adults who use the equipment.

The new ‘treehouse’ structure will be installed where the current gym equipment is located.

Treehouse

The ‘treehouse’ structure is not the Community’s preferred design, however the suggested alternative structure is currently being redesigned to better fit the Playscape vision. It will be constructed out of the same Australian ironwood timber as the current play elements and will not include any plastic panels.

Flying Fox

It has been confirmed that the constructed length of the new all-abilities Flying Fox will be 40m. It will also be constructed out of ironwood timber in order to continue the natural materials theme.

Shadecloth

Gumleaf-green shade sails will be installed over the new ‘treehouse’ structure as well as the existing play equipment.

Location of Play Elements

Over more than two years the WCP Committee engaged extensively with the local community and schools before preparing a Design Plan of the Playscape. When the Design Plan was provided to Council, the Committee strongly advocated that the play elements should be spaced apart and also separated from the tennis courts so that they would complement the community’s vision of a Playscape.

 

A ‘Playscape’ typically provides open areas – with simple natural elements such as rocks and logs to promote imaginative play and movement – between constructed play elements.

Council Site Plan

In due course, Council advised that the accepted Site Plan has the play elements located (1) close together – to allow for the best possible supervision, and (2) away from the lake – in order to avoid attracting children to the water’s edge. Council also advised that the co-location of the play elements will allow for broader shade-sail coverage and will also minimise the impact on Waterlily Park’s neighbours.

 

The WCP Committee strenuously opposed the adopted locations of the Flying Fox and Treehouse and has suggested that Council must take full responsibility for not heeding the community’s wishes and contend with any disenchanted community members.

After extensive discussions with Council the WCP Committee accepted Council’s decisions regarding Stage 3 of the Playscape acknowledging that Council received the Grant funds, has responsibility for Project Managing Stage 3, and has the authority over and responsibility for the management and ongoing maintenance of Waterlily Park and the Playscape.

Trees Down in WP 22.2.19

The WCP Committee wishes to acknowledge everyone who has contributed to the Waterlily Playscape Project over the last few years. We thank you all for your part in making Waterlily Park and the Playscape an exciting and inclusive outdoor recreation area for everyone and a wonderful, valuable asset for Ocean Shores.

Both the WCP Committee and Council look forward to joining with the Ocean Shores community to celebrate the exciting additional elements in the Playscape and the enhancements to the Park. We feel sure we will all delight in seeing the children having fun, playing in the moment and enjoying healthy, social, outdoor activities.

We will definitely keep you posted on progress over the next few months as Stage 3 of the Playscape becomes a reality.

Waterlily Community Playscape Committee
(Fabricio, Helen, Jason, Lois, Stan, Tina and Tom)

Reminder: WCP AGM 2019

Thursday, 21 March 2019 at 6:00pm
Ocean Shores Country Club

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Waterlily Community Playscape – Your voices need to be heard

Waterlily Community Playscape – Your voices need to be heard

The Community’s Vision for Waterlily Playscape is being ignored.

Your voices need to be heard!!

 

As you know, the Waterlily Playscape is a project that has been made possible through the efforts of community volunteers and a combination of sponsorships, donations and fundraising initiatives.

Waterlily Playscape Committee supplied the wording for our grant application for the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and Byron Shire Council then compiled and submitted the application. Council was awarded the $418,608.00 grant in Feb 2018 and received the first instalment of $138,000 in March 2018.

On 15 November the Waterlily Playscape Committee was advised that Council has accepted a tender for the installation of Stage 3 of the project which includes the installation of shade sails, a multi-level, all- abilities Treehouse, a wheel-chair friendly Flying Fox and an all-abilities cycle/pathway.

To our utmost dismay, Council has ignored all of our efforts to make sure Stage 3 of the Playscape would be exactly what our Ocean Shores Community wanted. It has ignored the Public Consultations, our online survey (225 respondents). It has dismissed our School Consultations and all of the Letters of Support from local organisations and businesses. All of these supported our application for the funding and lead to its success.

Council has even ignored its own survey (48 respondents). Note: Council excluded all of the hard-copy responses so the views of many residents were not taken into account.

Multi-level, all abilities Treehouse (This will now replace our very popular gym equipment.)

Only 7 of the 48 respondents preferred this location.
28 of the 48 respondents preferred the location shown on Waterlily Playscape’s Proposed Site Plan.
There are also many comments on Council’s Survey to “leave the gym equipment where it is”.

All-abilities Flying Fox (This will now to be located close to the eastern side of the tennis courts.)

Only 3 of the 48 respondents preferred this location.
21 of the 48 respondents preferred the location shown on Waterlily Playscape’s Proposed Site Plan.

The successful tenderer’s multi-storied Treehouse’ is not an all-abilities structure. It is made with plastic partitions and timber and the only way to get to the upper level is to clamber up rope netting! This is possibly a safety concern for all children.

The purpose-designed, solid hardwood, multi-storied Treehouse (included in the grant application) allows children, no matter their physical ability, to be up near the canopy of the existing shady trees and for toddlers and little children to play under and around it.

The Wheelchair accessible Flying Fox (included in the grant application) is now being replaced by a smaller Flying Fox that requires wheelchair-bound users to be lifted out of their chairs and into a harness.

When planning the original design of the Playscape there was some consideration to relocating the gym equipment. This idea was short-lived. Its current location offers a good view across our community- envisioned Playscape and it is very popular with people of all ages. Our plan has been to have it refurbished, as required, but to leave it in place.

We have asked Council to reconsider the staff / tender proposed location of the Treehouse and to also reconsider the community-inspired Treehouse that is both multi-storied and wheelchair accessible. Council sent a negative response.

We have asked Council to reconsider the staff / tender proposed location and design of the Flying Fox and to reconsider the wheelchair-friendly Flying Fox. Council sent a negative response.

For nearly two years we have lobbied Council to install shade sails over the Fort and Seesaw. Although Council now has the funding for the Playscape it is still delaying the Shade Sails and everything else covered by the Stronger Country Community Grant funds until February 2019.

Please help make the Waterlily Playscape vision a reality.

Waterlily Playscape Committee 9 December, 2018

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee.

What can you do to help?

 

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Please make sure the Waterlily Community Playscape vision is not lost!

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What can you do to help?

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee.

Stay connected and join the conversation on Facebook

Please make sure the Waterlily Community Playscape vision is not lost!

Download as a PDF document to print and share with others

Waterlily Playscape AGM 2018

Waterlily Playscape AGM 2018

Our 2018 AGM was a great success last night, with many members in attendance.
Congratulations Helen Graveson on taking up the role of Chair.
Welcome two new committee members Lois Johnson and Stan Petroff.

Read the full list of committee roles.

You are invited to attend the Waterlily Playscape AGM
Tuesday, 20 August 6pm at Ocean Shores Country Club

 

Are you interested to know the latest updates on what has been done so far at Waterlily Park and what is ahead? Please join the committee at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Ocean Shores Country Club  Monday, 20 August at 6pm.

 

On this occasion, we will choose committee members for the upcoming year. If you are keen to get involved – that’s great! Nominate yourself by contacting the committee via email with your details.

 

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Stronger Country Community grant upgrade schedule

Stronger Country Community grant upgrade schedule

Byron Shire Council with the support of Waterlily Community Playscape, received state funding to implement Stage 3 plans:

  • Car park upgrade – completion due December 2018
  • Walk and cycle pathway – completion due December 2018
  • Shade Sail – completion due December 2018
  • Tree house – begin March, due by June 2019
  • Flying fox – begin March, due by June 2019

Final design plans for these items are not yet available.

See Byron Shire Council website

Waterlily Park Stage 3 Community Consultations

During March 2018, Waterlily Playscape committee prepared an online and paper survey relating to Waterlily Park, its facilities and future plans. 225 people completed the survey.
Waterlily Playscape Community Survey March 2018 PDFweb page

 

During May 2018, Byron Shire council staff prepared an online survey promoted through social media and through 1,600 flyers to residences in Ocean Shores. 49 surveys were completed.
Byron Shire Council May 2018 community consultation results PDF

Ben Franklin MLC, announced a successful NSW Government grant (Stronger Country Communities) of $418,608 that Byron Shire Council applied for with Waterlily Playscape Committee at Waterlily Park on a sunny Sunday, 18 March 2018, at the celebration of the Playscape’s progress and community spirit.