Jul 18

Bernard Park water playground opens

THE Shire of Northam officially opened the new water playground at Bernard Park last Saturday at noon.

The project was funded through the Regional Centres Development Program (SuperTowns) with funding provided and administered by the now Department of Regional Development.

Fun in the sun: Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies with Shire recreation services manager Colin Hassell at the official opening of the Bernard Park water playground last Saturday.

The new water playground, constructed by Water Features by Design, is part of the Avon River Revitalisation and Riverfront Redevelopment which is focused on improving the river and its surrounds.

The official turning on of the system was in conjunction with the community markets, which provided a free sausage sizzle.

The opening hours for the playground are 9am-6pm, with a self turn on and off system in place at these times.

The playground is activated with the press of a button and runs on 15 minute cycles.

There was an audible groan from the crowd when the first 15 minute cycle came to a close, but luckily the button was instantly pushed to continue the fun.

Shire of Northam manager recreation services Colin Hassell will oversee the playground. “We could possibly extend the opening hours,” Mr Hassell said.

“I’m really pleased with the result – I’d like to say this location is for everybody and that people should treat it with respect.”

There are a clear set of safety rules located in close proximity to the playground.

Children must be supervised by an adult over 18 years of age.

No pets are allowed on the spray park, nor are food or drink.

The location is a smoke free area and babies must wear an aqua nappy.

The water is not suitable for drinking.

Northam Shire president Steven Pollard said it was tremendous to see so many people enjoying the latest addition to Bernard Park.

“Hopefully it adds to the social atmosphere of the park and people enjoy it,” he said.

Member for Central Wheatbelt Mia Davies was also present for the official opening.

“It is a fantastic asset which re-invigorates an area,” she said.

“The children clearly like it – anything that brings vibrancy to the region is welcomed.”

Council has also endorsed the Bernard Park masterplan which sets the long term vision for the park, with the water playground being a key component of the plan.

Future works within the plan will be implemented over the coming years.

Rock on: The Battle of the Bands underway last Saturday.

Also at the opening of the water playground was the Avon Rock battle of the bands event in the Northam Soundshell.

The audience and Lions market-goers were treated to the sounds of local music artists.

The winner of the event was Lauren Arthur of Grass Valley.

This event was brought to Northam by Avon Valley Arts Society Inc. and proudly supported by Healthways, the Shire of Northam, Office of Road Safety community road safety grants and Northam RoadWise Committee.

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