Play zone opens in Torquay

Media Release

FN058/2016

11 September 2016

Joint release with:

Rose Hodge

Mayor of Surf Coast Shire

Sarah Henderson

Federal Member Corangamite

Torquay and surrounding areas have celebrated the official opening of the Banyul Warri Fields—a dedicated space for youth activities.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the youth recreation and play zone is an iconic space that will contribute to the region as a tourism destination.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren either want to stay in or come back to and facilities like this do just that,” Minister Nash said.

“From the play space for young children right through to the skate park and barbecue facilities, there is something here for everyone.”

Federal Member for Corangamite Sarah Henderson, who joined the local community for the official opening, said the infrastructure project is a real community asset.

“This project provides young people and families with purpose-built recreation spaces as well as the perfect venue for outdoor public events,” Ms Henderson said.

“The addition of a specific area to cater for primary to junior secondary school aged children, in addition to the toddler to pre-school playground is wonderful—this is an example of a successful community consultation process. “Ms Henderson said.

Mayor of Surf Coast Shire Rose Hodge said Djila Tjarri Park fulfills Council's health and wellbeing priority of building healthy and engaged communities.

“The community is the reason this project has occurred,” Cr Hodge said. “Their needs are at the heart of everything Council does and their voice was crucial in bringing this space to life,” Cr Hodge said.

The Youth Recreation and Play Zone is a jointly funded project with the Australian Government contributing $500,000, the Victorian Government $50,000, and the Surf Coast Shire Council $863,800.