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MACLEAY FITNESS PARK NOW READY FOR USE

The new outdoor fitness park installed near the skate park on Macleay Island has been completed and is now ‘ready for use’.

The new park, designed for older residents of Macleay Island who wish to have a clever fitness outcome, is part of Redland City Council’s upgrade of parks on the city’s islands.

Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Mark Edwards made a special visit to the park to check out the new facility in the final days of 2020.

Mayor Williams said the upgrades were being rolled out under council’s ongoing asset renewal program; replacing and renewing community facilities and equipment that were nearing the end of their useful life.

$258,000 was allocated for the Macleay Island fitness park project, which also includes specialised fitness equipment.

“Our city’s parks are naturally wonderful spaces, and these upgrades to island parks will help ensure these areas continue to remain safe and accessible for residents and visitors to enjoy,” Mayor Williams said.

“The fitness equipment chosen for Macleay Island is especially suited to older adults which, given that our islands have an ageing population, will help older residents stay active.”

Renowned island fitness guru Kitti Schell, who lives adjacent the park, was full of praise for the Macleay Island outcome.

“This is brilliant to have facilities like this in this location.

“It is a great way to include a walk and a workout to be enjoyed by older islanders,” Kitti said.

Island park upgrades include:

• Macleay Island Community Park, cost $258,000. Works include new fitness equipment, softfall and artificial grass and the installation of sandstone block seating. Work started early in October 2020 and is expected to finish by late November, weather permitting.

• Pioneer Park, Norfolk Beach and Victoria Park North along the Coochiemudlo Island foreshore, cost $270,000. The upgrade includes the construction of a footpath for ease of access to bike racks and barbecues, removal of bollards and fencing, new access gates, and replacement of tap and bins. Advisory and interpretative signs will also be installed in various locations. Work is expected to start in 2021.

• Point Lookout’s Headland Park on North Stradbroke Island (Minjerribah), cost $1.1 million. The upgrade will include a new marine-inspired play space with a shell cubbyhouse, and facilities such as picnic shelter, pathway and seating. The work includes resealing the existing overflow car park. Work is expected to start in the first half of 2021.


• Mayor Karen Williams and Cr Mark Edwards with renowned island fitness guru and park ‘patron’ Kitti Schell’