New playground offers natural attractions

Published: 22 Nov 2017

Cairns’ newest playground has today been put to the test by dozens of local children, as the Centenary Lakes Nature Play space was officially opened.

Families can now access the newly created playground, which integrates creative play elements with the natural lakeside environment.

Located on Greenslopes Street at Edge Hill, the playground is one of six lifestyle-enhancing projects that have been funded under the first round of the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland program.

Mayor Bob Manning and Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt officially opened the Nature Play this morning, as the park’s first young visitors explored the new features.

“This playground encourages children to interact with nature; to explore and learn about their surroundings,” Cr Manning said.

“There are dinosaur bones to uncover, ropes to climb and play huts to build. It’s a fantastic place for kids to get their hands dirty and let their imaginations run free.”

Council received $15.5 million in funding through Works for Queensland Round 1, with $750,000 directed to the Nature Play project.

Also part of the Works for Queensland program, the Yellow Arrow walking track, Ivan Evans walking track and Babinda Boulders upgrades are due to open to the public on 30 November, weather permitting.

Improvements to the Yorkeys Knob foreshore have already been completed and the Red Arrow walking track will reopen in early December.

“All of these projects make it easier for people to enjoy our natural areas and to engage in a healthy, active lifestyle,” Cr Manning said.

“In particular, there has been a lot of excitement around the addition of the Yellow Arrow track. The new trail head at Aeroglen is finished and there is a new carpark and toilets for convenience.

“The existing tracks have become extremely popular and we hope that the new access point will take some pressure off the Collins Avenue trail head.”

In addition, Council has carried out $10 million worth of footpath, road and drain improvements across the region.

“We’re thankful for the opportunity to fast-track these projects through the Works for Queensland funding program.”

Cairns Regional Council was recently successful in gaining a further $15 million in funding through Round 2 of Works for Queensland and is currently in the planning stages of several projects.

W4Q ROUND 1 PROJECTS AT A GLANCE:

Yellow Arrow Walking Track

Creation of a new 2.4 kilometre walking track on Mount Whitfield. A new trail head constructed at Aeroglen with parking for 54 cars, plus a new toilet block and picnic shelter. The track links with the existing Blue Arrow.

Red Arrow Walking Track

The existing Red Arrow track is being upgraded with new steps and bitumen as required to improve safety and usability.

Ivan Evans Walking Track – Stage 2

Realignment and upgrade to the Bayview Heights rainforest walking track, connecting Toogood Road to the Lookout

Centenary Lakes Nature Play

A children’s playground with a difference, featuring a fairy garden, rope climb, tunnels and digging patch. Works also include pathways, bubblers, irrigation and signage.

Yorkeys Knob Esplanade

Implementation of the foreshore improvement plan, including a new toilet block and storage area, turf and landscaping, tree decking, picnic and barbecue facilities and improved parking. A nature play space at the southern end of Sims Esplanade and a level area created for kite surfing, sporting and community events opposite the Wattle St and Sims Esplanade intersection.

Babinda Boulders

Four pedestrian bridges and two viewing platforms have been replaced. A new viewing platform constructed near the main picnic area and all-abilities water access ramp.

Renewal works

Council has undertaken kerb and channel, pavement rehabilitation, asphalt, footpath and drain relining renewal works across all nine divisions.

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Last updated: 22 November 2017