In late 2019, Council received approval for a $2m Federal Government grant to upgrade the playspaces at Montrose Foreshore Park and Giblins Reserve, Goodwood. Council also committed a further $1.4m towards the provision of safe, inclusive and regionally specific playspaces for our community.
Since then, we have consulted regularly with our community and engaged designers to incorporate the community’s ideas into a destination playspace for Glenorchy.
Once the designs were finalised and feedback on the draft sought from the community, we pursued a tender process at the end of 2020 to select the right candidate to build the playspaces.
The tender process revealed the vast impact of the pandemic on supply of materials, labour and the availability of contractors to complete the original designs to the same scale. Cost had almost doubled the original budget forcing Council to reevaluate it’s position to deliver the project.
At its August 2021 meeting, the Council voted to pursue a change to the original funding agreement in order to deliver one playspace at Giblins Reserve rather than two at this time.