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1st March 2013

Beachside Water Play Area for Rotary Park, Mission Beach

A beachside water play area, covered picnic areas and a stage and amphitheatre are among the features in a major upgrade of Mission Beach's Rotary Park.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council has approved a revised master plan for the Wongaling Beach park, and is working with Mission Beach Rotary on a staged redevelopment of the popular recreational space.

Mayor Bill Shannon said Mission Beach Rotary had committed to funding a water play area. Plans for the area, which is likely to be the size of the current older children's play equipment area (about 15m x 8m), follow inspections of Bowen's new water park.

Cr Shannon said a strong partnership with Rotary, Mission Beach's Bendigo Bank, the SMEC Foundation and other local organisations had already led to two new picnic shelters and a barbecue shelter, which were currently being installed at Rotary Park.
"The park upgrade will be undertaken in stages, as funding becomes available,'' Cr Shannon said.
"We thank Mission Beach Rotary for their ongoing community work. The contribution of a water play area will be just one of their achievements, and it will be a very popular one.''

The first funded stage of Council's Rotary Park upgrade will include the replacement of the main picnic shelter, which was badly damaged in Cyclone Yasi and later demolished. A new shelter, to be built on higher ground, will double as a stage and will have a landscaped amphitheatre below it.

The staged upgrade will also include a new public amenities block, the smaller picnic shelters and covered barbecue areas, shade sails for the skate park area, landscaping and new pathways.

The first stages of the park revamp will be funded by Council and Rotary, Cyclone Yasi insurance money, the Federal and State Government's cyclone recovery funding, and contributions from other organisations.

Mission Beach Rotary's president Chris May and immediate past president Ru Carslake said the water play area initiative was a significant project for the club.

"The response from the community has been fantastic,'' Mr Carslake said. "We'll be preparing a project schedule now. With contributions from Rotary and other clubs and organisations we will be able to fund the water park and contribute to some of the other projects.''

Click here for the concept plans.    Posted CCRC Website 4 March 2013   Media contact: Julie Lightfoot 4043 8833 or 0417 721 754

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