Children and families in the Avoca community and surrounds will get much enjoyment and play-time out of the newly upgraded Avoca playground, which was officially opened today.

Liberal Senator for Tasmania, Claire Chandler, said the Morrison Coalition Government committed $50,000 to the $106,680 project through the Community Development Grants Program.

“The new playground features a tractor and trailer play unit, acknowledging the town’s agricultural ties, swing sets with modern safety design, and bench seats for mums and dads to watch their kids play safely,” Senator Chandler said.

“It’s great that the Morrison Government has worked with the Northern Midlands Council to deliver this new playground for the community.”

Northern Midlands Mayor Mary Knowles said:

“The development at 15 Blenheim Street includes new play equipment – a tractor-slide, sheep shaped rocker and basket swing – designed to incorporate a farm theme in keeping with the rural location,” Mayor Knowles said.

“Following the closure of the Avoca Primary School in November last year, Council hopes this playground will provide a place for children to work off energy, have fun, and interact with peers.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian Government’s $50,000 investment in community infrastructure would provide long term benefits to the Avoca area.

“In addition to the new playground comprising of a feature tractor and trailer play unit, a sheep swing rocker and a cantilevered gyro swing, this investment will also produce long-term benefits to the region as this will serve as a focal point for young families throughout the region,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

The $106,680 project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government contributing $50,000, $36,680 committed by the Tasmanian Community Fund, and the Northern Midlands Council committing $20,000 to the project.