Families with young children in Oatlands and surrounds will get much enjoyment and play-time from the new Oatlands Destination Playground, which was officially opened today.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the new playground had opened just in time for the coming summer school holiday period.

“The project has replaced the outdated play equipment and existing BBQ amenities at Callington park to revitalise the area as a great space for families and friends to meet,” Senator Chandler said.

“It’s important that we encourage children to live healthy and active lifestyles, and the new play equipment will provide an exciting new play space for children to enjoy.

“The project was funded under the Morrison Government’s Community Development Grants Programme, helping to create local jobs and deliver economic benefits in regional communities across the country.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $500,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Oatlands area.

“With the addition of the first class, all-abilities playground, Oatlands is set to experience an increased number of visitors, enhancing the local economy, local businesses and maintaining the viability of services in the region,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“By supporting nine jobs in construction as well as using local businesses and supplies, this project will help bring prosperity to the area for many years to come.”

Southern Midlands Mayor, Alex Green said the project included a wet pour rubber soft-wall surfacing in high impact zones for increased safety.

“The old playground at Callington park wasn’t fit for purpose, and the newly installed equipment brings the playground up to a modern and safer standard” Mayor Green said.

“The project also included the installation of an automated irrigation system to ensure that the turf area can be maintained year round.”

This project received $500,000 funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Programme.