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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2788..

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) A giraffe swing is a tall swing structure with a single point swing attachment and an associated tiered step structure for a user to launch from.

(2) In North Canberra there is one giraffe swing at Yerrabi Pond District Park. In South Canberra there were two giraffe swings that have now been removed, one at Point Hut Pond District Park and another at Kambah District Park.

(3) The Assessment of Safety Risks and Compliance completed in January 2004 by the Playground People found a number of non-compliant items associated with the giraffe swings in ACT District Parks. The giraffe swings in the South Canberra District Parks did not comply with ACT and Australian Standards and compliance could not feasibly be achieved. The giraffe swing in North Canberra did not comply with ACT and Australian Standards for several elements, however compliance can feasibly be achieved through modification of the giraffe swing.

(4) After review of the Assessment two swings in South Canberra have been removed and are in the process of being replaced with new equipment. The giraffe swing in North Canberra has been placed out of action awaiting the design and construction of modifications that will ensure compliance with ACT and Australian Standards for playgrounds.

Playground safety

(Question No 1503)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 4 May 2004:

(1) In relation to the $900,000 2003-04 playground safety program, what safety improvements, and at which playgrounds, have been completed in Packages 3, 4 and 5;

(2) Will any of the playground works in any of the packages in part (1) be rolled over into 2004-05; if so, what works at which playgrounds;

(3) Will Package 6 in its entirety be rolled over into the 2004-05 financial year; if not, which playgrounds will have works completed by the end of this financial year.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The playgrounds in packages 3, 4 and 5 have or are in the process of receiving total upgrades. The upgrades include the replacement of play equipment with new equipment that complies with the current ACT and Australian Standards for playgrounds. The softfall material and edging is replaced where required. New seating and fencing is installed, trees planted and pathways constructed as required.

Playgrounds in Package 3 have been completed and include:


Teague St, Cook


Alberga St, Kaleen


Oakover Cct, Kaleen


Burkitt St, Page


Plowman Pl, Flynn

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