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Adventure playground set to start

By Mark Beale

A WHITSUNDAY adventure playground that has been on the drawing board for more than two years, is set to become a reality in a matter of weeks, with stage one confirmed for September 2014.

Logan’s Adventure Playground was devised by Kellie Chart and the Parent Action Group (PAG), as a play space that would challenge children aged five and above, with innovative and modern equipment, positioned in harmony with the natural landscape.

After negotiating with Whitsunday Regional Council for a piece of land beside the Scout Hall on Cannonvale’s Coral Esplanade, the PAG set to work fundraising for the project which has an estimated $400k overall cost.

With just over $64k now raised, Council has now approved the start of the project and agreed to provide in-kind support, by way of earthworks to the value of $10k.

Whitsunday mayor Jennifer Whitney said she believed that once complete, Logan’s Adventure Playground would be a great land-based asset for the young people of the region to enjoy and learn from.

Ms Chart, who has been campaigning for the playground for the past 2.5 years, said she was extremely grateful to Council for their support.

“It’s been a really long, hard journey and I’m just absolutely elated at the thought of actually seeing something start,” she said.

“I also think this will really spur people on to get involved.”

The turning of the sod will be celebrated at a special Playground Family Fun Day held on site on August 24.

The event, from 10am-2pm will feature a Playground’s Got Talent competition, adrenalin maze, face painting, sausage sizzle and plenty of games.

It will also be a chance for members of the public to become a part of Whitsunday history by buying a fence picket inscripted with the 15 characters of their choice, which will form part of the playground’s surrounds.

Ms Chart said the pickets, made from bamboo and recycled plastic, would be a wonderful feature of the playground, connecting it personally to all of the businesses, families and individuals that chose to become involved.

The PAG will be selling pickets for $99 and business posts for $250 at this weekend’s Cannonvale State School Fete or online at http://www.logansadventureplayground.com.

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