PORT Campbell looks set for an exciting new play space with Beach Energy announcing a $100,000 donation towards the project.
A landscape architect has been appointed to work on designs for the revamp of the Port Campbell community park which will include a new main shelter, play equipment, pathways, park furniture and public art.
Corangamite Shire director works and services Brooke Love said council has worked with a group of local residents to narrow down options for the new play space.
“The focus will be a shipwreck/coastal theme with lots of natural and recycled elements to blend in with the natural environment,” she said.
“Slides, swings, an obstacle course, spinning platform, basketball rings, a dry river and bridges are features that will be considered in the design.”
Steering committee member Olivia Tutungi said there has been a “lot of great ideas tabled by local residents”.
“We are working towards a space that provides a good level of challenge and promotes a sense of adventure,” she said.
Mrs Love said landscape architect Kris Galea would lead the project, with detailed designs to be finished before the end of January and construction earmarked for April 2019.
“Kris has a proven track record in creating quality community spaces,” she said.
“She designed the Camperdown Play Space, which has been hugely popular with the local community and visitors.”
The total project cost is expected to be $170,000, with Corangamite Shire contributing $55,000, Beach Energy $100,000 and community fundraising adding an additional $15,000.
Beach Energy chief executive officer Matt Kay said the company was proud to be a major contributor to the play space project.
“For our local staff and community members, it’s important that we demonstrate our commitment to the sustainable development of both our business and the communities we operate in,” he said.
Beach Energy’s community relations manager Linda French said “Port Campbell is a beautiful coastal town with a great local community who have always been very welcoming”.
“Our contribution to this community-led project is our way of saying thank you to the people of Port Campbell,” she said.
Coastal Ward councillor Simon Illingworth thanked Beach Energy for supporting the project.
“When I approached Beach Energy to help fund this project, they did not hesitate,” he said.
“The corporate citizenship shown by Beach Energy in this, and a range of other local projects is a credit to them.”
Cr Illingworth said the playground would be designed to provide a “wonderful and fun learning experience” for children.
“At the same time, it will give parents and carers from all over the world an opportunity to get together in a safe, stress-free environment,” he said.