Repair Pelican Park, don't remove it
Woy Woy residents were surprised to see community consultation, with Central Coast Council reopening "Let's talk Woy Woy".
Some hoped it would be a chance to ask about the protection of the land at Austin Butler reserve, or the deficit of trees and public open spaces, increasing heat sinks and planning strategies to address overdevelopment and ongoing inconsistent planning variances. Attendees were presented a masterplan on the Woy Woy waterfront.
It is great that a holistic overview of the locality looks to address neglect in some areas and improve other areas for the increasing population.
One of the sectors to be addressed in the masterplan is Pelican Park in Brickwharf Rd.
This playground was allocated funding for upgrade in the current PlaySpace Strategy, though the allocated funding was moved to create a playground not listed in the strategy.
While it will be good to see the dilapidated retaining walls eventually repaired, why not the playground?
Council staff continue to suggest the playground does not meet current requirements, even though the park is identified in the current strategy for retention.
May I suggest instead of removing and replacing the playground, they actually repair and upgrade the current parts of the playground they consider in need of repair and add soft fall.
The question needs to be asked: With the suggested removal of the playground from the Woy Woy baths area, where does that leave the Playspace Strategy that was adopted after community consultation?
Email, 11 Jun 2022
Mark Ellis, Woy Woy