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Local Brownies official advisers to council

May 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News, Uncategorized

NO SWING: Ngaio Brownies at the current playground, from left, Sophia Marshall (8), Maisie Gordon (8) and Emma Flintoff (7).

NO SWING: Brownies from left, Sophia Marshall (8), Maisie Gordon (8) and Emma Flintoff (7).

THE NGAIO Brownie unit has demanded playground action and the council has responded.

The timing was perfect when the Brownies wrote a letter to Wellington City Council asking it to upgrade the Silverstream Rd play area next to the hall they meet in.

The letter, complete with illustrations, had a response within a couple of weeks.

The girls received a letter from council playgrounds officer Thomas Hickey, saying he was happy to tell them the playground was due for an upgrade and he would like them to be involved in the consultation.

FLYING HIGH: Erin Mead (7) helps swing Emma Le Quesne (7).

FLYING: Erin Mead (7) swings Emma Le Quesne (7).

The playground, in Crofton Downs, is due to be upgraded early next year and public consultation is planned for August.

As well as the Ngaio Brownies there will be an opportunity for students from Crofton Downs Primary School to have their say.

Mr Hickey says the upgrade for Silverstream Rd play area is part of the overall upgrade programme for all city playgrounds.

“Every playground should be upgraded and by 2022 we should be upgrading those first play areas again.”

The budget for the Silverstream Rd play area is $60,000 and the Brownies are hoping for a climbing wall and flying fox, but might have to settle for a decent slide.

Tamsin Cooper (9) says she would love to have a flying fox and a slide at the playground. 

OUR LETTER: Brownies with the original letter. From left Emma Allen, Tamsin Cooper, Zoe Coventry and Georgia Taylor (all 9)

OUR LETTER: Brownies with the original letter. From left Emma Allen, Tamsin Cooper, Zoe Coventry and Georgia Taylor (all 9)

“If we had more things to play on we wouldn’t be fighting over the swings all the time.”

Tamsin also says new tyres are needed for the sea-saw, because they are run down and worn out.

“The sea-saws are really uncomfortable at the moment,” says nine-year-old Georgia Taylor.

Zoe Coventry (9) is impressed with the equipment at Khandallah Park near Mt Kaukau, and would like similar equipment at Huntleigh Park.

“The wheel thing that they have at Khandallah Park would be really cool,” she says.

Mr Hickey says the council takes safety issues into consideration in planning playgrounds.

“We have to consider obvious hazards, traffic hazards and general safety issues. There are New Zealand safety standards around the equipment itself, designed to minimise harm to children.”

SPINNING AROUND: Maggie MacKenzie, Jidapa Tolley, Brooke Bartlett, Jessie Bird and Emma Watson.

SPINNING AROUND: Maggie McKenzie, Jidapa Tolley, Brooke Bartlett, Jessie Bird and Emma Watson.

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  1. The photos are tops! All kids will enjoy looking at the photos and kids aged from 7 plus (if their like me) will enjoy reading this report over and over again. Also if they are a Brownie they will enjoy raeding about they were young. This is a great report.

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