Playground Strategy

Consultation closing on 23 September 2019

Wellington Community Centre playground

Monash Council provides a diverse array of play opportunities for children throughout our network of 138 playspaces located in parks and reserves. By providing a breadth of playground experiences that range from small pocket playgrounds, with 3-5 place pieces, to regional destination playspaces (such as Valley Reserve in Mt Waverley), Council aims to provide a range of environments where children can explore, create, imagine, interact and reflect.

List of Monash playgrounds (pdf, 159KB)

Proposed playground classifications and supporting infrastructure (pdf, 157KB)

Playground hierarchy is used to provide a diversity of play experiences for the community and classify the scale and primary design focus for each playground.

We are now in the process of developing a new Playground Strategy to ensure we have a planned, equitable and sustainable approach to the provision and management of playgrounds in the City of Monash, and we are keen to hear from you.

Your feedback will guide Council on the best ways to improve our playgrounds in Monash, considering the play needs of you and your family, both now and into the future.

The new Strategy will establish:

  • A clear vision that ensures Monash play spaces offer high quality, creative play opportunities for different age groups and abilities across the municipality.
  • Clarity around playground provision, including playground classifications and supporting infrastructure standards, to ensure a diverse range of quality play experiences for our community
  • Clarity around future demand for play spaces in Monash, identifying gaps and possible new sites for the development of playgrounds.

Have Your Say

We are keen to hear from you on how we can improve playgrounds in Monash to ensure you and your family’s play needs are being met now and into the future.

Please encourage all members of your family to take the survey and provide their own feedback. The views of children and young people are especially welcomed for this playground review.

Online survey

All survey responses and submissions will be considered in the development of the Monash Playground Strategy.

Next steps

In addition to the feedback from this survey, we will also consider carefully the feedback on the playgrounds received at our Council Listening Posts and recent community surveys. Council knows that playgrounds and green open spaces are very important to our community.   

The draft Strategy will also be displayed on Council’s website for community feedback before being presented to Council for consideration at a Council Meeting early in 2020.

More information

Recreation Services
Phone: (03) 9518 3581
Email: recreation@monash.vic.gov.au

Priorities and directions

The Strategy will provide a future direction for the provision of play spaces using a holistic approach based on:

  • Strategic priorities, as identified in A Healthy and Resilient Monash: Integrated Plan 2017-2021 and the Monash Open Space Strategy 2018;
  • Industry best practice e.g. Play Australia principles and Australian Standards for playground design;
  • Benchmarking findings on playground provision and services levels provided by neighbouring Local Government Areas (LGAs);
  • Independent Auditor Playground Condition and Lifespan Data; and
  • Community consultation findings.

This will assist in achieving more equitable access to quality playgrounds.

Timeline

June – August 2019
Stage 1: Research and Data Review

  • Strategic Context
    • A Healthy and Resilient Monash: Integrated Plan 2017-2021
    • Monash Open Space Strategy 2018
    • Child & Young People Friendly City
  • Play Australia - Industry Best Practice
  • Australia Standards for playgrounds, equipment and surfaces
  • Playground Condition Audit Data (2018)
  • Asset Management Data (asset lifecycles)
  • Local Government Benchmarking (2019)
  • Demographic analysis and population forecasts
  • Playground Mapping

July-September 2019
Stage 2:  Community Consultation

  • Monash 2021 and Beyond – Community Survey (2017)
  • Listening Posts – Community Feedback
    • Playground Strategy Consultation at Have your Say
    • On-line community survey
    • Hard copy survey
    • Written submissions

October-November 2019
Stage 3:  Data Analysis & Synthesis

  • Analyse data & consultation findings
  • Identify potential gaps in playground provision based on population forecasts and existing playground mapping
  • Identify playground development priorities
  • Develop draft Strategy
  • Report to Council on draft Strategy

Early 2020
Stage 4:  Exhibition of Draft Strategy

  • Written submissions
  • Council adoption of Strategy

Priorities and directions

The Strategy will provide a future direction for the provision of play spaces using a holistic approach based on:

  • Strategic priorities, as identified in A Healthy and Resilient Monash: Integrated Plan 2017-2021 and the Monash Open Space Strategy 2018;
  • Industry best practice e.g. Play Australia principles and Australian Standards for playground design;
  • Benchmarking findings on playground provision and services levels provided by neighbouring Local Government Areas (LGAs);
  • Independent Auditor Playground Condition and Lifespan Data; and
  • Community consultation findings.

This will assist in achieving more equitable access to quality playgrounds.

Timeline

June – August 2019
Stage 1: Research and Data Review

  • Strategic Context
    • A Healthy and Resilient Monash: Integrated Plan 2017-2021
    • Monash Open Space Strategy 2018
    • Child & Young People Friendly City
  • Play Australia - Industry Best Practice
  • Australia Standards for playgrounds, equipment and surfaces
  • Playground Condition Audit Data (2018)
  • Asset Management Data (asset lifecycles)
  • Local Government Benchmarking (2019)
  • Demographic analysis and population forecasts
  • Playground Mapping

July-September 2019
Stage 2:  Community Consultation

  • Monash 2021 and Beyond – Community Survey (2017)
  • Listening Posts – Community Feedback
    • Playground Strategy Consultation at Have your Say
    • On-line community survey
    • Hard copy survey
    • Written submissions

October-November 2019
Stage 3:  Data Analysis & Synthesis

  • Analyse data & consultation findings
  • Identify potential gaps in playground provision based on population forecasts and existing playground mapping
  • Identify playground development priorities
  • Develop draft Strategy
  • Report to Council on draft Strategy

Early 2020
Stage 4:  Exhibition of Draft Strategy

  • Written submissions
  • Council adoption of Strategy

Location

293 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley 3150 View Map

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