In 2021, a new playspace opened at Town Beach, Port Macquarie following extensive consultation with the community. Embracing the natural landform, the playspace was designed to fit between the beach and the Hastings River, sheltered against the adjacent reserve and incorporating the existing vegetation.
Council connected with the Birpai people who shared the stories of the Doongang (Hastings River), incorporating their totem of the stingray through the installation of a sculpture. The yellow and blue rubber soft fall is designed to resemble the river meeting the sea. The bells on the bridge provide an aural connection to the river boats passing the nearby waterfront.
Analysis of the site found a need to create a stronger sense of place, which was achieved by connecting the playspace with an existing skate park, café and amenities and the coastal walk and town centre.
Locals can now enjoy an inclusive playspace inspired by traditional custodians, landscape and marine life.
Working with the unique landscape, and local flora and fauna, Town Beach Playground has become a popular place for the community to come together, connect and celebrate.