Along with councillor Michael Enright, it was my very great privilege - and also tremendous fun - to officially open the new playground in Jubilee Park at Beaudesert on Saturday afternoon.
Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating this event at the free family fun day. It felt like Christmas had come early as we 'unwrapped' those colossal new toys which have transformed Jubilee Park.
Cr Enright and I could not resist the opportunity to race to the top of the climbing tower.
This new playground, which I was pleased to see was thoroughly enjoyed by the young as well as the young-at-heart on Saturday, acknowledges the connection of the Mununjali people to this area.
A series of panels by local emerging Mununjali artist, Waylene Currie - who joined us for the playground's official opening - were commissioned and now sit proudly atop the climbing tower.
The animal totems, the family circles and other depictions of Aboriginal culture stand as powerful symbols of our community's past, present and future.
The new Jubilee Park playground is very much about the future of our young people and our region.
In May, council received a grant from the Queensland Government to support the development of a master plan for Jubilee Park and the future Spring Creek parkland and recreation corridor in Beaudesert.
This master plan, co-funded by council and the State's Sport and Recreation Planning Program, complements the wide-ranging program of community improvements council is delivering right across the region through our Vibrant and Active Towns and Villages initiative.
Our Playgrounds Strategy was developed to meet the needs of our growing communities as well as growing community expectations for improved recreational opportunities for our youngest residents.
Modern playgrounds like this one - combining form, function and fun - offer a range of outdoor experiences to develop children's motor skills, challenge young minds and stretch growing bodies.
Over the next 10 years, council will be investing in the creation of a network of attractive, affordable and safe play areas across the region.
I hope you are all as excited about this new playground as we are. Be assured that this is just the beginning of big things to come across our Scenic Rim communities.
Cr Greg Christensen
Mayor, Senic Rim Regional Council