The All Abilities Playground that was opened in 2013 by State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, and funded largely by the previous State Government has received national recognition.
Bairnsdale’s All Abilities Playground, funded by the previous State Government, East Gippsland Shire and the community received a “highly commended” recognition at the 2015 National Awards for Local Government.
State Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, who was also on the community All Abilities Playground Committee, said it was an outstanding achievement.
“The day that fantastic facility opened was one of the most rewarding days I have had in the job and to see it utilised to the extent it has been is amazing.
“This is due recognition to all who played a part in its design and construction, including the committee, the designers, the builders (C&W Excavations) and the shire team headed up by Anthony Nelson.
“The proof is in the pudding with this facility. It is state-of-the-art and has served a great number of causes, from birthdays to family reunions, but perhaps none more important that providing a great respite facility for those families of special needs children.
“Our government was very pleased to have contributed just on $1m for the project,” said Mr Bull.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the awards were an annual celebration of local governments’ achievements in delivering targeted, quality services to Australians in urban and regional communities.
“I congratulate all the nominees for this year’s awards,” Mr Truss said.
“The calibre of this year’s entries was outstanding, so much so that in addition to the winning entries, a number of projects have been highly commended.
“The entries are a credit to all those who contributed to delivering the various projects, which are all making a significant difference in their respective areas.”