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The community has told us they want us to provide high quality, accessible and inclusive playgrounds, and this strategy will help us to plan and achieve this vision over the next 12 years.

The future plans for the region...

In addition to maintaining our other playgrounds, the below will be added to our list of upgrades.

how did we get here?

An audit of the playgrounds in the MidCoast shows that they are widely distributed, ageing and currently do not deliver the value that the community wants from these facilities.

The PlaySpace Strategy makes recommendations for every existing playground.

Each of the recommendations will be delivered according to their short, medium or long-term priority allocation. This means that some communities will get upgraded play spaces sooner than others, if they have been deemed to be more important.

The document sets the longer-term strategic direction of these much loved community assets and will allow us to seek funding opportunities to enhance them for the community.

View the strategy below

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exhibition period

The draft strategy was on public exhibition for community feedback from 28 September - 2 November 2023, where we received 43 formal submissions.

The feedback received from the community was considered and some changes were made to the draft document.

The strategy was then adopted by the elected Council at the 13 December 2023 Ordinary Meeting.


The feedback from the submissions were mainly location based relating to the specific location that the person lives in and specific actions they wanted included in the action plan.

The submissions also touched on the need for ancillary infrastructure including BBQ, shade and fencing.

Changes in response to submissions

Based on the feedback received the priority and classification of some of the upgrades has been changed;

  • Wallabi Point playground moved from Medium-term to Short-term priority
  • Palm Grove Park update has been updated from no-action to a medium-term priority
  • Myall Library Park upgraded from Local to Neighbourhood


  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    May - November 2022

    We asked the community to tell us how they use outdoor spaces in the MidCoast to develop the draft Open Space and Recreation Strategy

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    November 2022 - April 2023

    The draft strategy was written considering all feedback and information. The feedback was the community wanted us to do more with playgrounds and playspaces, so we outlined we would develop a Playspace Strategy to address this.

  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    July 2023

    The Open Space and Recreation Strategy was adopted by Council.

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    July - September 2023

    The draft Playspace Strategy was being developed.

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    28 September - 2 November 2023

    The draft Playspace Strategy on public exhibition for community comment.

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    November - December 2023

    Feedback will be considered before being presented to Council for final endorsement.

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    13 December 2023

    Adopted by Council

Skatepark strategy

We have several strategies that make up our Open Space and Recreation strategy.

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, the Gathang-speaking people and pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who now reside in the MidCoast Council area. We extend our respect to elders past and present, and to all future cultural-knowledge holders.

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