Funded by the Northern Territory Government’s Community Benefit Fund, VDRC initially sought $250,000 to demolish the existing playground (located behind in between the Council building and the Multi Recreation Centre) and rebuild the equipment and shade sail structure.
VDRC was awarded $150,000 for the project.
Prior going to tender however, Council needed to reassess the scope of works to ensure the $150,000 awarded was most effectively utilised.
Subsequently, Council identified a new scope of works to maximise community benefits.
These changes included relocating the playground to a more accessible location and demolishing the old playground at VDRC’s own cost.
The old playground is set to be demolished in the coming months.
The new location – at the edge of the Jimmy Ah Toy Oval – is in a more central location and will be accessible to a greater number of Pine Creek residents and visitors.
VDRC is now seeking further grant funding to build a shade shelter over the playground.
Mayor of VDRC, B. Pedwell, said he was thrilled the new playground was open for business.
“Providing spaces for our little ones to play and residents to meet in community is an important part of a well-functioning town,” Mayor Pedwell said.
“We thank the Northern Territory Government for its generous support in getting the project off the ground.”