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Manilla Picks A Winner

Option Two is officially the winning design for the new playground to  be installed at Chaffey Park, with votes from local residents collected  online and at Manilla’s primary schools last month. The playground  is  the first project to be delivered as part of Tamworth Regional  Council’s Chaffey Park master plan.

The new design includes a four metre activity net, smaller climbing  structure, rope spinner, four bay swing, car rocker, gears panel and  play hut as well as a playpark system including a step bridge and two  slides. In response to community feedback received, two additional  inclusive swings have been added to the winning design to ensure  Manilla’s disabled community is also able to enjoy the new play equipment.

The new equipment is expected to be installed under the cover of new  shade sails by June 2021, weather permitting. Residents can view the  winning design at

Peter Resch, Director Regional Services said “We are thrilled that so  many Manilla residents took the time to vote for their favourite design  and give feedback, with an amazing 1158 votes received.”

“We hope everyone in the local community enjoys this great new  addition to Chaffey Park”, he said.

Bollards will also be installed along the riverbank to protect  against erosion in the coming weeks, as the beautification of the  riverbank was identified as a priority for the local community in previous Chaffey  Park consultation.

A master plan for Chaffey Park was adopted in April 2020, which aims  to develop the park into a central sporting precinct over the next five  years. More information about the master plan can be found at

The new Chaffey Park playground is one of the projects funded by the  Australian Government’s Local Roads and Infrastructure Program,  developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tamworth region  will benefit  from $6 million in total to be spent improving local  infrastructure under this funding program. In the first phase of  funding, our region was allocated $2.65 million, with a further $3.41  million received under the program’s second phase.