A $5000 funding allocation will help get the Wynarka playspace reinvigoration underway.
The Wynarka Recreation Committee (WRC) applied for a District Council of Karoonda East Murray (DCKEM) community grant and, while they weren’t awarded money from that line of funding, the committee will still be assigned their requested funds.
At the DCKEM’s September meeting, community grant applications were discussed and it was decided the $5000 requested by the WRC would be delivered from the committee’s already existing council budget line.
We've slowly seen this playground decrease and we really want to make sure that we can give children and their parents a safe and fun place to come to.
The grant was sought to begin the development of a new playground at the Wynarka Recreation Reserve on the Karoonda Highway, after the current playspace had been deemed unsafe for use after council inspection.
WRC secretary Jenny Gregory sent the application into the council and said it didn’t bother her they weren’t awarded any community grant funds.
“The main thing is that we’re going to get money to get this project started,” she said.
Ms Gregory said the park had slowly eroded over the years, and it was time to give the community their family-friendly space back.
”We've slowly seen this playground decrease in size and we really want to make sure that we can give children and their parents a safe and fun place to come to,” Ms Gregory said.
The WRC plans to relocate the playspace away from the highway, closer to the existing recreation clubrooms.
“By moving it from where it is, it will allow parents to better watch their children,” Ms Gregory said.
“It makes a lot more sense to have the area closer so that when there are functions on in the clubrooms, the children will be much safer and parents won’t have to worry as much.”
DCKEM Acting Mayor Caroline Phillips said the council always seeks options of how they can facilitate community projects, whether though grant schemes or not.
“In this case it was was a relatively easy decision because there was an easy way for us to make this project happen,” she said.
As a Wynarka resident, Cr Phillips said she was thrilled to see this project get the tick of approval.
“It’s a small community and its fabulous to see energy and optimism flowing through resident groups.”