Highbrook Park's 'Larry the Lizard' wins new playground

Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon is thrilled to announce a $20,000 grant has been awarded to Muswellbrook Shire Council to invest in the construction of new play equipment at Highbrook Park.

The project was granted under round three of the Stronger Communities Grants Programme to benefit the local community and increase public participation.

While Muswellbrook’s Highbrook Park already has fantastic play equipment and recreation areas, a lack of facilities for younger children was identified by Muswellbook Shire Council.

The successful project will be co-located with ‘Larry the Lizard’, a high profile feature of Highbrook Park. It will provide safe and accessible play equipment for toddlers between the ages of 12 months and 3 years old at the park. The play equipment will incorporate and facilitate age appropriate activities. These will include stepping stones, raised hop scotch and tummy swings over an area of soft fall which will be located within the zone surrounding the tail of ‘Larry the Lizard’. Landscaping will also be completed and will be surrounded by shade covered seating areas.

“We thought it would be great to expand the equipment so our littlest ones could socially and physically enjoy the area. It will add to our community something all families can enjoy,” Muswellbrook Shire Councillor Michelle Green said.

Mr Fitzgibbon is delighted the unique project gained approval meaning Muswellbrook families will soon benefit from the new facilities.  

“Highbrook Park is already a wonderful facility, but thanks to this injection of funds, it will be a more inclusive and vibrant space. I look forward to returning to see our youngest in the community learning and having fun in this space,” he said. 

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