Wetlands bright future

BRIGHT FUTURE: Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock is excited for the Whyalla wetlands upgradesWhyalla wetlands will receive a $215,000 boost for major improvement to its amenity.

Announced at Whyalla City Council’s 2014/15 budget adoption, the improvements will cater for shaded trees, gym equipment, sealed running tracks and a small children’s play area.

Whyalla City Council mayor Jim Pollock said he was excited the wetlands would receive a major overhaul.

“The wetlands is beautiful and something that as a city we should be really proud of,” he said.

“It has an unlimited amount of potential and I firmly believe we can make a real showcase of that.

“We want to make Whyalla more accessible than ever and this is another key way of doing so.”

Mr Pollock said improvements to the wetlands were necessary as the city headed towards a brighter future.

He said the wetlands were “close to the hearts” of many Whyalla residents.

Whyalla City Council executive manager engineering services Ravi Joshi said while half of the money budgeted had been brought forward from last year, both stage one and stage two redevelopments would be significant.

Mr Joshi said stage one of the upgrades would focus on adding new elements to the wetlands facilities, while stage two would be dedicated to landscaping works, including improving the current car park area.

“This is about creating a much more accessible wetlands,” Mr Joshi said.

“We will be looking at adding more trees to create new shaded areas.

“There will be gym equipment installed, along with sealed running tracks.”

Mr Joshi said many sporting organisations used the wetlands for running and fitness activities, therefore the council saw upgrades to the running tracks were appropriate.

He said no additional work would be done to the wetlands ponds.

“This is all about making the wetlands more recreational and getting more people to go there and use it,” Mr Joshi said.

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