AN active campaign against the closure of a Strathfieldsaye playground has resulted in an about-turn by council.
Residents who live near the Sunset Drive playground came out in full force last Wednesday to protest against the closure, which is now open for consultation following the campaign.
Resident Alicia Mansfield said she had received a letter from the Greater City of Bendigo council which said the playground had reached the end of its life and before the month was out it would be removed and the playground closed down.
“I was annoyed that there has been zero consultation about this matter with local residents,” Mrs Mansfield said.
Mrs Mansfield said the suggested closure of the playground was “incredibly upsetting”.
She said it was a dated playground that has been neglected by the council.
“And now they choose to spend no money on it,” she said.
“I take my children here daily. It is smaller than nearby playgrounds and ideally suited to younger children.
“There has been no consultation about this and no announcements on what the plans are for the land.”
Council’s manager of Parks and Open Space, Paul Gangell, said the letter which was sent to residents should have been rephrased.
“We are now going to wait on feedback from local residents before taking any further action,” he said.
Mrs Mansfield said she was concerned council might sell off the land for another subdivision when they felt enough time had passed.
“Surely the local government should be about increasing play space, not limiting it?” she said.
“I contacted the acting director for play spaces Bendigo, Gary Lantzsch, twice, with no response, as well as local councillors.”