All Abilities cost blow out

GYMPIE’S All Abilities Playground, officially opened at the weekend, was intended to be a leader in access for people of all abilities and ages, including disabled people.

But a report to today’s Gympie Regional Council Works Committee says the playground, a showpiece of accessibility, has already needed access upgrades, with some major cost blowouts as a result.

The report says extra costs have required the council to re-allocate more than $160,000 to the park from parks contribution funds made by developers.

The recommended contributions include $84,637 from the Pie Creek/Mooloo/Glastonbury/ The Palms Park Contribution Fund and a similar amount from the Gympie/Southside, Jones Hill Chatsworth Contribution Fund “to fund the additional costs incurred on the all abilities project.

The works general manager Greg Ingham says the unbudgeted additional costs occurred “for several unforseen reasons”.

These included stakeholder feedback that more accessible toilets were needed and changes to relevant Australian standards on access during the construction process.

The report says the new standards became compulsory last year under the Disability Discrimination Act.

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