Yarrawonga Splash Park surface inspection complete
Published on 10 November 2023
Moira Shire Council is issuing immediate improvements to be completed for the Yarrawonga Splash Park surface after further inspections were undertaken. Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 November will see contractors on the site to complete the resurfacing works. A reopening date will be advised following these works.
It was with great disappointment, Council made the decision for the safety of the community to close the splash park on, Friday 3 November.
Community observations found the surface to be unsafe for children playing on the equipment, with a number of slips and falls reported during a period of high activity on the day. To avoid any serious injuries from occurring, Moira Shire Council announced the closure of the park that evening to provide an urgent follow up inspection of the facility.
Moira Shire Council Chair to the Panel of Administrators, John Tanner AM said this was not the ideal situation however Council does not risk people’s safety.
“This was a disappointing outcome which we were not anticipating, and we apologise deeply to the community for feeling let down on this project,” Mr Tanner said.
“We acted as soon as possible to protect our community and visitors as we could not risk injuring a member of the public.”
The Yarrawonga Splash Park has remained closed to complete inspections and Council can report there are particular sections with less friction but according to standards within acceptable levels. As a result, the entire park area will be resurfaced to ensure consistent application of material is laid to eliminate any smooth surfaces.
Interim CEO Michael Tudball said it was unfortunate to close the park, but these additional inspections have allowed for appropriate rectification works to be made for everyone to have a safer and more enjoyable experience at our splash park.
“We are not going to put the community at any risk of injury, we took into consideration the reported feedback and conducted site inspections to arrive at an appropriate rectification of the issue. The park will remain closed until the resurfacing works can be completed and retesting occur prior to reopening,” Mr Tudball said.