Ready set go: Concreter Mick Jardine, Cr Larry Friske and Darryl Aldn from Integra get ready to pour the first slab.
Ready set go: Concreter Mick Jardine, Cr Larry Friske and Darryl Aldn from Integra get ready to pour the first slab. Craig Warhurst

Hoons lay claim to new park

HOONS have already been using new roads Gympie Regional Council has built at Lake Alford for a new all abilities park as their playground, police say.

Sergeant Vic Tipman said he had received a complaint on Tuesday about 10.30pm that hoons were doing burnouts on the new roads and he thought it was “offensive”.

Today council was set to pour the first of the concrete for the million dollar project, if the sun comes out, Cr Larry Friske said.

Concrete supplier Integra has donated about $10,000 of concrete, Cr Friske said, and would be pouring pathways and bases for the toilet block and shelter sheds over the next two to three weeks.

The pathways will all be inset with public art which 1500 local children and adults helped design while being guided by Stephanie Outridge-Field, who has worked on the Memorial Lane project.

So far council has received nearly $80,000 of corporate sponsorship for the park but another $20,000 was needed to install the art, Council’s Parks Manager Ed French said.

“We’ve had a very good response with funding but if there are any community groups or businesses that could help install they can contact council,” he said.

Once the concrete work has been finished the play equipment will be added and the toilet block and shelter sheds completed. The next step will be adding the gardens, soft fall, lighting and drainage.

Cr Friske said the park, which has been one year in planning and preliminary works, would be well lit and fenced.

He said community groups will help finish the gardening, painting and soft fall.

The project should be completed by Christmas, weather permitting.

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