Point Turton Natural Playspace and Bike Track Project
The Point Turton Progress Association Playground Committee (Committee) approached the Yorke Peninsula Council (Council) in mid-2016 regarding an upgrade / redevelopment of the Point Turton Playground to incorporate natural playspaces and create a playground that is different to all other public playgrounds on the Yorke Peninsula. Nature play provides many benefits to children’s development, and as the area itself is such a natural environment, Council was supportive of the Progress Association’s plans for this space.
To that end, Council worked with the Committee to develop a draft Concept Design for the playspace and budgeted a financial contribution for the upgrade, subject to receiving grant funding. The Committee also began and continue to be busy fundraising, and acknowledge that the upgrade to the playspace will occur in a number of stages. In November 2016 a Public Information Session was held and the Committee, in conjunction with Council staff, made changes to the Concept Design based on the feedback received.
In early 2017 Council applied for an Open Space Grant administered by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure to undertake Stage One of the Concept Design, and in late June 2017 Council was notified that the application was successful.
Stage One includes the following:
- bike track;
- picnic shelter;
- play equipment including embankment slide, mound slide, timber frame swing, basket swing, climbing structure, balance logs, hand pump water feature, and sand play; and
- landscaping including deck, canopy, pathways, limestone seating walls and plantings.
Whilst limited work has occurred onsite, the Committee and Council staff have been busy gaining approvals and engaging with contractors to design the bike track, picnic shelter and playspace construction specifications ready for Council to issue a Request for Tender. The Tender opens Tuesday 1 May and closes Tuesday 29 May.
The Tender will be evaluated are per Council Policy PO058 Purchasing and Procurement Policy, and is expected to be awarded in July with construction commencing shortly after. The removal of existing play equipment and infrastructure will occur during May and June.
Should you require further information regarding the project please do not hesitate to contact the Point Turton Progress Association or Council’s Natural Environment and Sustainability Officer, Letitia Dahl-helm, on telephone 8832 0000 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Gum Flat Reserve – Minlaton
Loads of nature play on offer, including cubby-building, trail walking, nature art, Nharangga connections, birds and bugs, and lots more!
Gum Flat Reserve : Gum Flat Road, between Old Port Vincent and Stansbury Roads
Main Area : Corner of Gum Flat Road and Old Port Vincent Road.
Walking/Riding : Enter the Reserve by following the walking trail either along Stansbury Road or Old Port Vincent Road
A joint initiative of Yorke Peninsula Council and Minlaton & District Progress Association.