Canada Bay Council Playground

In March 2007, Canada Bay Council endorsed a document called 'Play Space Strategy' to remove multiple playgrounds across the LGA. The community were outraged and told Council in droves! Petitions, letters, phone calls and a scrap book full of heavy local media coverage gave Mayor Angelo Tsirekas no choice but to dis-endorse the document and start again. To save face, by October 2007, Council set up a Community Advisory Group to work on a new document.

The new document was endorsed by Council in December 2007. It's called "Let's Play Strategy'. It is a fair and achievable document. At the time, Council went to great lengths to make sure the document said exactly what the community had been telling them to do - keep all locations of current playgrounds and upgrade them over 10 years.

Council bundled all playgrounds into three categories - starting with 'High Priority' - 23 playgrounds in this category were listed for upgrade 2008-2011.

So far 11 have been 'completed'. CANADA BAY COUNCIL HAVE FAILED THEIR PROMISE TO THE COMMUNITY!!!!

The 12 that HAVE NOT been upgraded to date are:

1. Alexandra Reserve, Drummoye - built in 1995 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget) - This is the only playground with movement to be seen..... only problem is - Council have decided to built a $189,000 playground here. 4 times over budget with no answers to questions as to why they want a 'consultant designer' build 1 instead of 4 for the same price !!!!! (AND this location is in a 15 metre wide lot between two houses - so why does it need to be so O.T.T. ?

2. Bayview Park, Concord - built in 1995 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

3. Brett Park, Drummoyne - built in 2000 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

4. Cabarita Park, Cabarita - built in 1986 (District playground - approx. $80,000 budget)

5. Drummoyne Park, Drummoyne - built in 1995 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)
- 5 June 2012 a Council report recommended to take it off the list for no reason !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6. Goddard Park, Concord - n/a (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

7. Majors Bay Reserve, Concord - built in 1995 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)
- 5 June 2012 a Council report recommended to take it off the list for no reason !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

8. Rhodes Park, Concord West - built in 1995 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

9. Rothwell Park, Concord - built in 1986 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

10. Russell Park, Drummoyne - built in 1995 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)
- 5 June 2012 a Council report recommended to take it off the list for no reason !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11. Sanders Reserve, Concord - installed in 2006 and removed the same year. (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

12. Tom Murphy Reserve, Mortlake - empty since 2004 (Neighbourhood playground - approx. $40K budget)

Canada Bay Council spent zero (0) of the $3,600,000 of Developer Contributions collected for Open Space (in what used to be the old Concord Council area) according to the Annual Report 2010/2011. So 8 of the 11 playgrounds COULD HAVE BEEN built but have not.

This issue has been brought to Mayor Angelo Tsirekas's attention since April 2012.

During the feedback period, a resident recommended Council to fund all of the 'high priority' playgrounds in the 2012/2013 Management Plan - by sticking to the budget and potentially templating them to make it easy for fast installation. This request was denied at the 5 June 2012 Council meeting.

What a disaster for the community who have been continually let down. Enough is enough

Safety of our kids is paramount and Mayor Angelo Tsirekas is ultimately responsible for letting the community down AGAIN

Council Gripe - please get some answers (not excuses) from Canada Bay Council.

The community want the playgrounds built as promised.

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Much more info. on this issue can be found on the community Facebook page:

www.facebook.com/pages/Canada-Bay-Council-Playgrounds/459758144053956

and here is the twitter account: @CanadaBayPlay

pity that Canada Bay Council are ignoring what they promise the community OVER and OVER again.

Instead they continue to pull projects not on any list out of a hat.

Shame on you Canada Bay Council management.

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