Beth Boyd Park boat play structure to be removed

Work to remove a timber play structure from the marine park at Beth Boyd Park in Thorneside will commence on 21 May 2021 and is expected to be completed in early June, weather permitting.

Mayor Karen Williams said the poor structural integrity of the 20-year-old boat, and its position within a marine reserve, erosion-prone coastal protection area and high storm tide inundation area made its removal necessary.

“This much-loved boat in Beth Boyd Park has served the community well and has long outlived its expected 10 to 15 year lifespan,” she said.

“Sadly, it must be removed to ensure the safety of park users and the delicate ecological values of the marine zone in which it is situated.”

Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop said that local residents and visitors to the area will be sad to see the boat go, however Council had an obligation to ensure public assets were compliant and safe for community use.

“An upgrade to Beth Boyd Park has been proposed for late in the 2021/2022 financial year and is being considered for funding during Council’s city-wide prioritisation and budget approval process,” he said.

“Shovel-ready plans have been informed by community feedback to include an upgraded play area that continues the pirate ship theme, along with other interactive, fun and educative inclusions as well as seating and shade.”

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