MEDIA RELEASE: Apple turnover set to deliver bigger, better, best playground

Published on Friday, 9 July 2021 at 5:00:00 PM

Hon. Nola Marino MP, Member for Forrest, and Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories, today celebrated the commencement of the Federally funded Apple Fun Park Revitalisation Project by officially breaking ground on site.

 

The Assistant Minister was joined by Shire of Donnybrook Balingup President Brian Piesse, Chief Executive Officer Ben Rose and Active Discovery General Manager Benjamin Humphrey.

 

“It is projects such as this that make our regional communities even better places to live, work and raise a family. Every time I come to the Fun Park I see and hear the smiles and laughter from the children and families.” Ms Marino said.

 

“This playground also brings people from around the State to the town of Donnybrook and is a major tourism drawcard for the region.”

The Shire of Donnybrook Balingup secured $1.5 million under Round 3 of the Federal Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to revitalise Donnybrook’s iconic playground, which will see the much-loved facility reinforce its status as the biggest and best free playground in the State, if not Australia.

 

Family-owned, South West based company Active Discovery were awarded the contract for the project earlier this year and will coordinate the design and construction for the renewal and makeover. The revitalised Apple Fun Park will incorporate local themes and use materials that show a connection to the natural features and history of the Donnybrook landscape, without losing its iconic ‘apple’ theme.

 

Shire President Cr Brian Piesse said “thanks to the efforts and generosity of our proud local community, the Apple Fun Park has established itself as a premier playground in the South West and the State, and it is important that we reinvigorate this important community asset. Nothing should be taken away from the many hours of toil put in by those who names remain with pride in place as part of the reinvigorated iconic tourist attraction. 

 

“Without devaluing the work and passion of those that made the Apple Fun Park a tourism reality and south West landmark, given recent media exposure to the Bunbury Youth Precinct as an attraction on a par with Donnybrook’s iconic Apple Fun Park, the foresight of Council with the support of the Federal Government to keep ahead of the pack, is both prudent and justified,” Cr Piesse said.

 

With the recent opening of Station Square and the Donnybrook Heritage Goods Shed Interpretive Centre adjacent to the Apple Fun Park site, the town centre is fast becoming a hub for tourists, visitors and locals alike.”

 

The iconic Apple and Pear statues that greet over 50,000 visitors to the playground each year have already undergone their refurbishment and will return to their home later this year. The project is expected to be completed prior to the September school holidays later this year. Project updates can be found on the Shire website www.donnybrook-balingup.wa.gov.au.

As per the Local Government Act 1995 Section 2.8(d) for further information please contact:
Shire President Cr Brian Piesse
Phone: 9731 1141         
Mobile: 0408 471 947       
Email: bhp47@bigpond.com

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