Thank you Chair.

I rise to speak briefly and thank the Schrinner Council Administration for delivering new attractions costing more than half a million dollars in two of our parks in Bellbowrie this month.

The new learn to ride bike facility at Kangaroo Gully Road Park had been completed and is already proving a popular attraction for local children.

It even prompted a visit from my colleague, the Councillor for Walter Taylor who, with his young daughter, road tested it last weekend and gave it the nod of approval.

The bike paths have been well designed with an emphasis on educating children about road rules. It will help prepare them for the different situations they will eventually face on open roads and bikeways.

In addition to the bike paths, Council has installed a new picnic shelter, pedestrian pathways, seating, a drinking fountain and bins, a retaining wall and landscaping works.

Kangaroo Gully Road Park was previously a small playground and picnic facility but had to be removed because the structures had rusted and were no longer compliant with Council’s safety standards.

The learn to ride bike facility was the option most favoured in local community consultation.

Mr. Chair, the Schrinner Council Administration has also undertaken a comprehensive upgrade of facilities at Considen Place Park, as promised in this year’s budget.

This project involved the removal of the old, non-compliant wooden structure and replaced with new playground equipment. The area surrounding it has been turfed and a shade cover will be provided in the coming weeks.

And there is more to come. We have undertaken community consultation about what local residents would like to see at the Pioneer Crescent Park and I look forward to updating this Chamber when that project is completed.