After successfully delivering its adventure park project under budget last year, Junee Shire Council has decided it will use additional funds to install close-circuit cameras around the attraction.
The adventure park was awarded a $200,000 My Community Project grant from the NSW government in 2019, and was officially opened in December 2020.
With allocations from the council, the park delivery cost a total of $321,379.
Another $4,621 was left over from the budgeting.
"We'll be setting up CCTV and putting up signage around the playground and the BBQ area," said Cole Davis, director of engineering services.
Mr Davis said the cameras will "stop vandalism and protect the asset" for future generations.
With poles and concreting now completed, it's expected the cameras will be installed as soon as next month.
The park was designed in part by Junee resident Maria Turner and includes a number of inclusive, accessible elements for children with disabilities.
"We've been able to build into the constraints of the budget which is excellent, because when you're talking about something like this, $200,000 doesn't go very far," Ms Turner said.
Originally, the project was expected to be delivered by August 2020, but the short delay proved beneficial in amidst the COVID-19 restrictions.
"We were lucky that it was being built during the time when COVID meant kids couldn't use playgrounds," Ms Turner said.
"That's when it was a fenced off construction site. But when completion neared, there were kids lining up around it asking, 'can we play, can we play?' It was a huge success.
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The overall design of the playground - with wheelchair access and attractions for children with mobility issues - has been borrowed from similar ventures around the Central West region.
"It's all about inclusion," Ms Turner said.
"I've been taking my grandchildren there, they know it as 'granny's park', we're there at every opportunity."
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