A brand new Livvi’s Playground will become the jewel in the crown of one of the community’s favourite parks following the adoption of the Bernie Mullane Masterplan.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Councillor Yvonne Keane, said working hand-in-hand with the Touched by Olivia Foundation to transform the playground at Bernie Mullane Reserve into a wonderland for children of all abilities is the first, and important step, for Council as it reimagines its approach to play spaces across the Shire.
“I am so grateful that my fellow Councillors gave their unanimous support to establish a Livvi’s Playground as part of the transformation of Bernie Mullane Reserve,” Mayor Keane said.
“One of my key visions for my Mayoralty is to promote an inclusive and connected community, and I am incredibly proud that we will soon breathe to life a truly special space that will be used day-in and day-out by children of all abilities.
“As someone who sits on the board of a large national disabilities service provider, as someone who has one child with a disability and one without, and as a Hills mum, being part of the Council team that is establishing a Livvi’s Place is especially poignant.
“Bernie Mullane Reserve is already immensely popular and I thank the community for working with Council to come up with a plan that will ensure this great place is made even better.
“Bernie Mullane will become a go-to destination for families in The Hills, and I could not be more delighted with what is ahead of us,” Mayor Keane added.
Improvements outlined in the Bernie Mullane Reserve Masterplan also include the addition of a dog off-leash area, decommissioning and reconstruction of the dam area to include picnic areas, installation of exercise and fitness stations, improved lighting and car parking facilities and the installation of synthetic sports surfaces.
The inclusive playground will cost approximately $500,000.
Council will provide funds for the project, while working closely with the Touched by Olivia Foundation on designs and potential sponsorship opportunities.