Thank you Mr Chair, I would like to speak on recent Park upgrades in Bracken Ridge Ward and in particular the All abilities Playground at Hidden World Fitzgibbon.

As a mum I have spent many hours visiting playgrounds with my children and foster children and I know how important these facilities are in our community.

Since I became the Councillor for Bracken Ridge Ward, Brisbane City Council have upgraded several of our Parks.

This has included

-Shade over 2 playgrounds

-New Play equipment in two parks

-Park furniture upgrades in multiple parks

-Outdoor gym equipment in four locations

-And the installation of a table tennis table

But the project I am most passionate about is the all abilities playground in Hidden World Park at Fitzgibbon. I am proud to be part of a Council that has a strong focus on access and inclusion.

This playground includes an all abilities accessible carousal and swing set with shade.  I am particularly excited about the carousel.  It allows for a child in a wheelchair to enjoy the carousel with their siblings and friends.  Hidden World is one of our most popular parks where families regularly hold birthday parties. This will make Hidden World even better and all children will feel included and able to play together.

I know several local families who are very excited that they have a park to go to where brothers and sisters, cousins and friends can all play together. As a new Councillor I was so encouraged at how excited the council officers involved in this project were as well.  I also want to acknowledge our fantastic Parks officers who take ownership and pride in the parks they maintain and the friendly competitiveness they express about who has the best park.

I can’t wait now to start consultation with residents in Bald Hills, on the learn to ride track and significant playground upgrade at Gus Davies Park.