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?

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Committee.

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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.

 

Join and share this event on Facebook.

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.

New benches and picnic tables

New benches and picnic tables

On 14 June further seating was installed in Waterlily Park – providing the community with much needed facilities to help them relax and enjoy this beautiful, tranquil natural space.

The contractor installed two of the four picnic tables beside the lake, well away from the children’s playground. This was done in order to accommodate those families who bring their precious four- legged companions with them to the park.

As well, five matching hardwood bench-seats were installed under some of the established shade trees in the Park. Two of these bench-seats were specifically requested by a group of seniors who attend Thai Chi classes in the Park.

Six new shade trees have been planted around the Playscape

Six new shade trees have been planted around the Playscape

All 6 trees were planted in great soil, had fertiliser and gypsum added, were staked and tied and then mulched with bark chips. Of course, the rain over the last two days has also been very beneficial.

  • Melaleuca leucadendra Broad leaf
  • 2 x Waterhousia floribunda
  • Mellicope elleryana
  • 2 x Syzygium resilience

We are indeed grateful to the NSW State Government for providing the required funding.

We thank Joy from Gondwana Nursery for supplying and caring for these beautiful advanced trees for the last 2 months. The trees are absolutely fantastic.

Our thanks to Tom Naulty who did a great job as Co-ordinator for the Waterlily Playscape Committee and to Tina Petroff who was on hand and helping at every step of the way.

Thank you also to Council’s Malcolm Robertson for working with the Playscape Committee to position, deliver and plant the trees.

Special thanks goes to Byron Council’s Michael Mathews for ensuring all 6 trees were delivered and planted at the one time and of course to Council’s staff – Tom, Project Manager & Safety Officer, Michael Halpin, Excavator Operator, Ayla, Horticulturist, and of course Ian for providing all of the required ‘muscle’. They did an awesome job, completing it all in one day!

$423K raised for Waterlily Park

$423K raised for Waterlily Park

Many locals gathered at Waterlily Park on a finally sunny Sunday, 18 March to celebrate project progress and community spirit.

Ocean Shores Public School students ran many activities on the day, including cake, face painting and crazy hair stalls. These stalls raised $335 on the day! Games and bubbles took place at the shady area of the lake and a successful treasure hunt attracted kids and adults alike.

Other activities included – Brunswick Heads Firies and their big truck, Performances by Ocean Shores Public School Choir and Bollywood Sisters, Dances by Omri and Amir, Music by Jaz from North Coast Events, and Great food by Gunter’s Flammkuchen.

Speeches part consisted of many surprises. Tom Naulty, a local and committee member, shared his enthusiasm to join the committee. Tamara Smith MP Ballina congratulated the community for completing stage 2 of the project, the picnic area, $50K funded by Community Building Partnership scheme. 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. Heather Cambridge from ALR Committee announced $4K funds raised from Bruns Housie‘s activity over summer holidays. Ocean Shores Public School Captains, Evie and Kai gave a glimpse to how important Waterlily Park is for Ocean Shores kids. Councillor Alan Hunter congratulated the community and Mayor Simon Richardson for the great progress and achievements.

Thank you Thank you Thank you
to so many people and organisations involved in running the day and generally supporting Waterlily Playscape.

Thank you Byron Shire Council, mayor and especially the Open Space team, Ocean Shores Public School, school Choir and amazing Sonia Woods, Brunswick Heads Firefighters, ALR, Jaz from North Coast Events, Gunter from Flammkuchen, Zerina Millard and the Bollywood Sisters, Omri & Amir.

Thank you Waterlily Playscape committee members:
Tom, Tina, Jason, Faz, Helen and Orit. You Rock!

blowing bubbles