Another all-inclusive park proposed for the South Burnett
IT MAY cost in the vicinity of $100,000, but the wheels are in motion to establish an all-inclusive park in Kingaroy.
Kingaroy Rotary Club is leading the project and former president and current member Ray Pitt said the organisation was proud to be involved.
"We started this incentive three years ago,” Mr Pitt said.
The park, which is proposed to be located in Kingaroy's Rotary Park, will be accessible for children in wheelchairs and will also include a sensory garden.
To assess the need for a park for children with disabilities, Mr Pitt went through data from the last census.
But he very quickly realised he had his work cut out for him.
"It's an absolute nightmare and a rabbit warren,” he said.
The next step was to go to Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington.
"Her offices managed to get some figures for us,” Mr Pitt said.
"We wanted to prove, in our community there are these individuals that are in need.”
As it turns out, there are.
There are more than 150 children with disabilities in the South Burnett region who would benefit from the proposed all-inclusive park.
"These kids don't get to experience the things in most playgrounds,” Mr Pitt said.
"There is nothing in the South Burnett, except in Yarraman which is actually Toowoomba region.
"That's what motivated us strongly, there is nothing.”
It seems members of the Nanango community realised the need for an all-inclusive park about the same time.
For well over a year, hard-working Nanango volunteers have been campaigning for one to be established in the Butter Factory Park, and they are close to reaching their target.
Those behind the Kingaroy campaign are excited about the possibility of having two all-inclusive parks in the South Burnett.
"Why can't we have two?” Mr Pitt said.
"There are no limit to these things.”
The total cost may be in excess of $100,000, but Mr Pitt said they will tackle the project gradually.
"Small steps. We will put one thing in first,” he said.
Mr Pitt said he recently put in a submission o the Variety Club for $27,000 which would be used to install a wheelchair-friendly carousel.
"It took two to three months to go through all that,” he said.
"Next thing is the soft-fall flooring and fencing.”