Families with young children in Hadspen and surrounding areas will benefit from a new play area and associated facilities at the Hadspen Bullrun reserve, which was officially opened today.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler said the project had revitalised the reserve and made it more accessible for local families.

“The new play area will keep family and community groups entertained for hours with new play equipment and barbeque facilities constructed on the site,” Senator Chandler said.

“The new equipment includes slides and a swing set and will encourage younger children to keep active while they enjoy playing outdoors.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $225,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Launceston region.

“This investment saw the construction of new playground equipment including swings and a slide, a new barbeque area, a picnic table and public toilet facilities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“With there being more than 600 families who frequent the reserve, this project will provide a valuable play space for all local kids in the region.”

Meander Valley Mayor, Wayne Johnston said the area would be well-utilised into the future.

“Meander Valley Council are extremely pleased with the finished project and it’s great to be opening facilities where local families and community groups can enjoy time together,” Mayor Johnston said.

“The playground also provides an inclusive play space for children with special needs, including mobility restrictions.”

The Bullrun project received $225,000 in funding from the Australian Government under the Community Development Grants Programme and $75,000 from the Meander Valley Council.