Posted on 07. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Victoria

A future Labor Government will invest $14.9 million in a network of adventure playgrounds in parklands across Victoria, Premier John Brumby announced today.

Mr Brumby was joined by Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings and Labor Member for Mordialloc, Janice Munt, at Braeside Park today to announce the funding commitment for 15 new and upgraded parks across the State.

“Victoria has a great lifestyle that really sets our State apart. Our parks and playgrounds around Melbourne and Victoria are often the heart of community life,” Mr Brumby said.

“With 200 babies being born in Victoria every day, we are determined to provide the infrastructure that supports families across the State.

“Labor will deliver 15 state-of-the-art adventure playgrounds across the State, with each one to be designed with input from the local community, including children, providing them with the opportunity to customise the features and layout of these playgrounds.

“Many of our communities have great local facilities, but it’s important we build larger playgrounds around our suburbs and towns to provide a wide range of options for our kids.  

“We know that active children become healthier adults and Labor believes it is important to provide young people with new recreation opportunities, so they can be physically active and learn to savour the outdoors.”

Mr Brumby said new large adventure playgrounds would be built for Victorian families at:

  • Lysterfield Park in Narre Warren North;
  • Toolern Creek Park in Melton South;
  • Plenty Gorge Park in South Morang;
  • Westerfold Park in Templestowe;
  • Barwon Valley Park in Belmont;
  • Point Cook Coastal Park, Point Cook;
  • Braeside Park, Braeside;
  • Werribee Park, Werribee South;
  • Brimbank Park, Keilor East;
  • Cardinia Creek Parklands, Berwick;
  • St Georges Lake, Creswick Regional Park, Creswick;
  • Bendigo Regional Park, Kangaroo Flat;
  • Tidal River, Wilsons Promontory National Park, Gippsland South;
  • Merri Creek Parklands, Thomastown; and
  • Devilbend Reservoir, Tuerong.


“The playgrounds will include climbing, jumping, sliding and exploring experiences for kids and will also incorporate local Aboriginal cultural heritage features into the design,” Mr Brumby said.

Mr Jennings said the nature-inspired playgrounds would be constructed to the highest safety standards and would be valuable assets Victoria’s network of parks.

“The parks will also feature the usual range of facilities and services including toilets, barbeques, shelters, lighting and playground equipment,” Mr Jennings said.

“In parks where some of these facilities already exist, they will be upgraded, while in a number of cases car parks will also be built.

“Our world-class network of parks are places where people of all ages use to relax, keep fit, play sport or just socialise. This investment will help strengthen Victoria’s reputation as one of the most liveable places in the world.

“The adventure playgrounds will be built at Parks Victoria sites across the State as part of a plan to increase community usage of existing parks, and to provide opportunities for children to learn about nature and the environment when they are playing outdoors.”

Ms Munt said Victoria’s finances were the strongest of any State and a future Brumby Labor Government would keep investing in community infrastructure and projects to meet the needs of Victorian families.

“Local families value the quality of life their own city, towns and neighbourhoods offer. Our neighbourhood parks and gardens make a major contribution to our sense of local pride and belonging,” Ms Munt said.

“Investing in state-of-the-art parks, on top of our investments in roads, rail, schools and hospitals, is all about building strong communities with a great quality of life.”

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