Residents push for a playground at Ocean Shores

RESIDENTS of Ocean Shores can help create the first playground for the suburb by joining a new community-based project.

A public meeting on the issue will be held tomorrow.

"The idea is to follow a model trialled in Victoria where the community and local council worked together to co-fund and co-create a playground," she said.

People are invited to attend the meeting with ideas on what a community-based playground at Waterlily Park could look like, as well offering tangible ways they can help make the project a reality.

 "People could offer ideas, effort, time, labour or money," she said.

"Local food shops could offer food to help people doing the work, as an example.

"In the Victorian case, once a design had been finalised, the actual building of the park only took five days."

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Ms Eaton said Ocean Shores - which is home to 3000 children - was "crying out" for a playground to meet demand.

"Waterlily Park has a swing set and a slide, as well as tennis courts, but it just isn't enough," she said.

"Parents are tired of packing their children into a car to get to a decent park."

Byron Shire Council has recognised the needs of the area and the potential of Waterlily Park to meet them, in a Plan of Management dating back to 2008.

"But the issue has always been about funding," Ms Eaton said.

"The project got a real push at the state election when Tamara Smith, member for Ballina, promised $100,000 for the project."

The project also has the support of Mayor Simon Richardson.

He said tomorrow's public meeting would be an opportunity to gauge interest.

"We'll test the waters of interest and get the ball rolling," he said.

"If the community is keen to explore this idea further, I'll support it to do so."



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