Tamworth Regional Council, NSW, for Tamworth Regional Playground—Transcript

[Music plays and text appears: National Awards for Local Government. Regional Playground, Tamworth Regional Council, NSW, Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure. Category Winner]

[Image changes to show Grant Reeckmann, Regional Playground. Tamworth Regional Council, NSW]

Well we've won an award here today for innovation and productivity in the Local Government Awards through building a lifestyle project. It was a regional playground.

[Image changes to show a shot of the Tamworth Regional Playground, it has a bright sign and lots of different pieces of park equipment]

[Image has changed back to show Grant Reeckman seated and talking to the camera]

I think ‘recreational hub’ would be probably a better name than ‘playground’. It's just a generic term, ‘playground’, but it's obviously more than that; I've called it a park on steroids.

[Image changes to show different shots of all the parks equipment and the parks spaces]

We've used quite a number of methods in procuring and delivering the project and building on with technology to create something that's not your standard playground.

[Image continues to show different shots of the park and all the different equipment]

This playground includes an outdoor gym with thirteen pieces of both static and dynamic equipment.

[Image changes to show an animation of the bike training track, which consists of a nice paved area and some traffic signs]

A children's bike training track, interactive track with bridges and traffic controls.

[Image changes to show children playing in the water play area, jets of water can be seen shooting out of the ground]

A water splash-pad feature

[Image changes to show an outside shot of the café-restaurant]

A café-restaurant.

[Image changes back to showing the different bits of equipment at the playground]

An amphitheatre-stage, integrated and linked play zones for different age groups and different challenging equipment for different abilities, certain inclusion elements that children with all abilities can play on.

[Image changes back to Grant briefly and then back to showing the different sections of the park]

We've got smart Wi-Fi which tells people of issues in the park. We can manage and look at our resource levels in terms of how much recycling we're using, how much waste is generated. We've also got C.C.T.V. there which is linked back into a feed to the police station.

We've used a specific emphasis on what we call ‘intergenerational equity’ where we've got equity in all generations.

[Image changes back to Grant briefly and then back to showing the different sections of the park]

We try to include all different types of people regardless of their ability or their age.

[Image continues to show pictures of all the different areas in the park]

One of our key point indicators was we needed to have 1,000 visitations a week, we've well and truly exceeded that.

[Image has changed back to show Grant seated and talking to the camera]

The dynamics of the park have changed hugely because there's something there for everybody.

[Image changes to show a picture of three children standing together at a drinking station]

To nominate and actually receive an award like this is just amazing, and vindicates all the work you put into it.

[Image has changed back to show Grant seated and talking to the camera]

Straight away we know that we've got something that's unique.

[Music plays and text appears: National Awards for Local Government. Regional Playground, Tamworth Regional Council, NSW, Boosting Productivity through Infrastructure. Category Winner]

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Last Updated: 27 June, 2016