Yass Valley Council has been successful in its application to construct an adventure playground at Riverbank Park in Yass. 

The $1,784,700 funding is part of the NSW Public Space Legacy Program and was conditional on Council setting and achieving faster development application processing times. 

Youth from Yass testing out the Cowra Adventure playground

Council originally applied for the funding wanting to split the money across three different projects, which were the construction of an adventure playground, a restoration of Chinamans Creek, and a Yass River cultural walking trail. 

They were advised that the money could only be used for one project and it was determined the $1,784,700 would be spent on creating an even more special adventure playground.

The current play equipment is approaching the time of replacement according to Council.

The current playground at Riverbank Park is considered “near the end of its useful life”, with the new facility expected to have landscaping, public toilets, textile surfaces, sensory elements, seating, an accessible modular playground unit and a flying fox.

Splitting the money across the construction of playgrounds in other areas in the Yass Valley such as Murrumbateman was considered, but ultimately the grant providers wanted to leave a significant legacy in one location for the project.

A report released this week ahead of next week’s Council meeting states Council will continue to seek out other grand funding opportunities for playground facilities in Murrumbateman and the other villages within the Yass Valley as a priority moving forward.

Max O’Driscoll