Background

Since 2017, we’ve been exploring the possibility of a water playground in Tuncurry with our community. We’ve held two rounds of community engagement already, with a large and supportive response from the community.

The exciting new play space - the first of its kind for the MidCoast region - will give people of all ages in the community access to fun, free, convenient and all-inclusive water play. It will be located on the site of the old Tuncurry pool on Point Road, in Tuncurry.

We’re currently having final design plans drawn up and we’ll be checking in with you again, to make sure they accurately reflect what you told us.

What's included in the project?

The initial stage will include:

  • Construction of the shaded water playground
  • Inclusive design for all abilities
  • Open space and landscape upgrades
  • New amenities block
  • Barbecue and picnic table facilities

Later, we will be expanding facilities at Fazio Park, which will develop into the Tuncurry recreation precinct. The reserve already includes the Skate Park and Tuncurry Community Hall. There are already plans for a children’s safety bike path in the precinct and we’ll be developing parking, footpaths and a safe access way to link Lone Pine Park and the foreshore with the new precinct.

The water playground has a budget of $1.5 million with over $800,000 secured, including a grant of $400,000 from the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program.

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Previous engagement

Pop Ups: Forster - Tuncurry

Our pop-ups program has now concluded. If you came to see us, thank you - your feedback is valued.

Focus Groups

We held focus groups to make sure we heard from those groups who will be especially connected to the water playground. These include families, schools, preschool and child care facilities, the local business community and people living with a disability, their carers and families.

Disability Focus Group

In December we held a series of focus groups specifically for people living with a disability, carers or family members, and disability providers or organisations.

Some great feedback was received to ensure accessibility of the new water playground - thanks to everyone who attended and gave their time!

Check out the Engagement Outcomes report below, which includes all of the feedback we received during our last consultation.

Engagement Outcomes Report

Image gallery

We sought your ideas for the water playground equipment and new space!

Check out the Image Gallery below of the images that were sent in during the consultation period.

Pre-readers submissions

Check out what are pre-readers said during our consultation period!

2017 consultation

The Tuncurry pool was built in the 1970s and over the last decades has experienced very low usage along with incurring increasing maintenance costs as the aged facility deteriorates. The pool does not meet current safety and operational requirements, and so Council resolved to close the pool in early 2020.

Read the full report on costs and estimated repairs to the old Tuncurry pool: MidCoast Council Ordinary Meeting Agenda, 27 March 2019: Item 8 - Tuncurry Pool

Faced with the inevitable closure of the existing pool in 2017, an extensive community consultation was undertaken.

The 2017 consultation results showed a very strong and clear endorsement for the site to include a children's wet splash pool area, a facility that locals and visitors alike have called for, and not currently available in the Forster Tuncurry area.

View the full community engagement report(PDF, 4MB) from the 2017 community consultation here.

Both the usage figures from the previous pool, and the strong response during the consultation in 2017, indicate that a children’s water playground is the preferred option for this site. As this has been clearly identified by our community, the decision to proceed with a water playground and not a swimming pool has been made.

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