People's Panel

The People’s Panel is an exciting opportunity for you to share your thoughts and discuss important issues with other community members.

The Panel is open to all registered Your Say Wagga users and features opportunities to discuss topics in online discussion forums, workshops and other avenues that help Council make decisions that reflect what our community needs and wants.

By taking part, you can help shape Council policy and have a say on projects outside of the traditional public exhibition process.

We’ll provide a topic and then the conversation begins.

You only have to register once to take part, after that simply sign in to contribute to any People's Panel topic.

The People’s Panel is an exciting opportunity for you to share your thoughts and discuss important issues with other community members.

The Panel is open to all registered Your Say Wagga users and features opportunities to discuss topics in online discussion forums, workshops and other avenues that help Council make decisions that reflect what our community needs and wants.

By taking part, you can help shape Council policy and have a say on projects outside of the traditional public exhibition process.

We’ll provide a topic and then the conversation begins.

You only have to register once to take part, after that simply sign in to contribute to any People's Panel topic.

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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Harrispark site

    The City of Wagga Wagga is currently seeking input from the community on a master plan concept for Harris Park in Mount Austin.

    Some things being considered are:

    • Football fields for juniors
    • Removal off hedge around the boundary to improve security and make the area more inviting for users
    • Replace boundary fence
    • Install BBQ
    • Shelters and picnic furniture
    • New canteen
    • Storage shed
    • Upgrade the main ground lighting to 250 lux

    View the concept here.

    What do you think of the concept? Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

    Submit your thoughts before Sunday 14 May 2017.

    You can also chat one on one with staff at a site visit on Thursday 11 May, 3-6pm. Just look out for Charlie, the bright yellow truck, at the Harris Park entrance.


    The City of Wagga Wagga is currently seeking input from the community on a master plan concept for Harris Park in Mount Austin.

    Some things being considered are:

    • Football fields for juniors
    • Removal off hedge around the boundary to improve security and make the area more inviting for users
    • Replace boundary fence
    • Install BBQ
    • Shelters and picnic furniture
    • New canteen
    • Storage shed
    • Upgrade the main ground lighting to 250 lux

    View the concept here.

    What do you think of the concept? Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

    Submit your thoughts before Sunday 14 May 2017.

    You can also chat one on one with staff at a site visit on Thursday 11 May, 3-6pm. Just look out for Charlie, the bright yellow truck, at the Harris Park entrance.


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  • CLOSED: This discussion has closed. All comments will be taken into consideration during the drafting of the plans for the Northern Sporting Precinct.
    Concept plan 2

    The City of Wagga Wagga is currently seeking input from the community on a concept to develop a northern sporting precinct on Charles Sturt University (CSU) land.

    The need to develop a suburban playground, park and sporting facilities, public amenities and connecting infrastructure in the northern suburbs has been identified in the draft Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy.

    During consideration of required facilities a potential opportunity has been identified where the City could partner with CSU to develop such an environment on their land. This would see both organisations working together to deliver a quality asset for the local community.

    If pursued this concept could see facilities developed in partnership with CSU on land adjacent to the University’s existing Peter Hastie Oval.

    Project elements that have been identified for possible inclusion are:

    • Suburban(District) Playground
    • 2 x rectangular sporting fields
    • A community facility
    • Shelters, picnic tables and BBQ’s
    • A skate park (or other recreational facility)
    • Netball court/s
    • Stormwater Infrastructure
    • Connections that improve accessibility and increase the connection between the University and adjacent suburbs

    View the concept here. View the proposed area here.

    What do you think of the concept? Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

    Submit your thoughts before Friday 31 March 2017.

    The City of Wagga Wagga is currently seeking input from the community on a concept to develop a northern sporting precinct on Charles Sturt University (CSU) land.

    The need to develop a suburban playground, park and sporting facilities, public amenities and connecting infrastructure in the northern suburbs has been identified in the draft Recreation, Open Space and Community Strategy.

    During consideration of required facilities a potential opportunity has been identified where the City could partner with CSU to develop such an environment on their land. This would see both organisations working together to deliver a quality asset for the local community.

    If pursued this concept could see facilities developed in partnership with CSU on land adjacent to the University’s existing Peter Hastie Oval.

    Project elements that have been identified for possible inclusion are:

    • Suburban(District) Playground
    • 2 x rectangular sporting fields
    • A community facility
    • Shelters, picnic tables and BBQ’s
    • A skate park (or other recreational facility)
    • Netball court/s
    • Stormwater Infrastructure
    • Connections that improve accessibility and increase the connection between the University and adjacent suburbs

    View the concept here. View the proposed area here.

    What do you think of the concept? Do you have any ideas or suggestions?

    Submit your thoughts before Friday 31 March 2017.

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    Council’s newly launched community education truck, Charlie, will be hitting the road at an event or location near you in the coming months.

    Charlie stands for Council, Help, Advice, Resources, Learning, Information and Education. The truck is air-conditioned and is fitted with a computer, iPads, smart TV, seats, and is fully air-conditioned and equipped with a wide range of Council resources.

    In the coming months you will see Charlie at the Super Rugby trial match at the Exhibition Centre, during Orientation Week for Charles Sturt University and at the NAB AFL match.

    As well as attending events, the truck will be used as a mobile headquarters in emergency situations and as a mobile service centre for outlying villages.

    So how would you like to see the truck used and do you have any ideas for what you would like to see in it?

    Go to the website for more about Charlie and to see where the truck has been and where it is going.

    This forum will be open for discussion until Monday 4 April 2016.

    Alternatively place a marker on this map to show us where you think Charlie should go!

    Council’s newly launched community education truck, Charlie, will be hitting the road at an event or location near you in the coming months.

    Charlie stands for Council, Help, Advice, Resources, Learning, Information and Education. The truck is air-conditioned and is fitted with a computer, iPads, smart TV, seats, and is fully air-conditioned and equipped with a wide range of Council resources.

    In the coming months you will see Charlie at the Super Rugby trial match at the Exhibition Centre, during Orientation Week for Charles Sturt University and at the NAB AFL match.

    As well as attending events, the truck will be used as a mobile headquarters in emergency situations and as a mobile service centre for outlying villages.

    So how would you like to see the truck used and do you have any ideas for what you would like to see in it?

    Go to the website for more about Charlie and to see where the truck has been and where it is going.

    This forum will be open for discussion until Monday 4 April 2016.

    Alternatively place a marker on this map to show us where you think Charlie should go!

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  • Long term planning

    almost 2 years ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Around 25 members attended one of two focus groups held to discuss Council’s long term planning processes. From the Focus groups Council discovered that current satisfaction levels with Council's long term planning was directly related to how involved our community feel in the planning process and how well Council is communicating these key initiatives. Recommendations from the focus groups have already informed initiatives such as the expansion of the People's Panel and the introduction of Facebook, however ultimately the feedback will be used to review Council's Community Engagement strategy in 2017. In the mean team we will concentrate on improving our practice.

    In this discussion topic we’re taking a closer look at Council’s long term planning processes and how we can make improvements. Any ideas are welcome!

    Background

    The Wagga Wagga Community Survey was conducted recently to gather information about how Council is performing as an organisation as well as how we are performing as a community. 

    Overall, the results have been quite positive with Council's overall satisfaction lifting, as well as 25/30 service areas meeting at least moderate levels of community satisfaction. 

    So what did the survey tell us?

    • 80% of people are somewhat satisfied with Council
    • 94% off people are somewhat satisfied with what we are doing with public art
    • Our community thinks that our cultural facilities, parks and playgrounds and environmental education programs are performing really well.

    In terms of community livability:

    • People feel safer in public places compared to 2012
    • Our community is more satisfied with leisure and recreation activities as well as entertainment options 

    The key areas for ongoing improvement as identified in the survey include long term planning, consultation with our community and inclusion in decision making as well as the provision of information.

    Over to you!

    You are invited to discuss these areas for ongoing improvement in person at one of two focus groups.

    To get the conversation going now we want to know:

    • What does long term planning mean to you?
    • Why do you think long term planning is important?
    • How do you think Council could improve long term planning processes?

    In this discussion topic we’re taking a closer look at Council’s long term planning processes and how we can make improvements. Any ideas are welcome!

    Background

    The Wagga Wagga Community Survey was conducted recently to gather information about how Council is performing as an organisation as well as how we are performing as a community. 

    Overall, the results have been quite positive with Council's overall satisfaction lifting, as well as 25/30 service areas meeting at least moderate levels of community satisfaction. 

    So what did the survey tell us?

    • 80% of people are somewhat satisfied with Council
    • 94% off people are somewhat satisfied with what we are doing with public art
    • Our community thinks that our cultural facilities, parks and playgrounds and environmental education programs are performing really well.

    In terms of community livability:

    • People feel safer in public places compared to 2012
    • Our community is more satisfied with leisure and recreation activities as well as entertainment options 

    The key areas for ongoing improvement as identified in the survey include long term planning, consultation with our community and inclusion in decision making as well as the provision of information.

    Over to you!

    You are invited to discuss these areas for ongoing improvement in person at one of two focus groups.

    To get the conversation going now we want to know:

    • What does long term planning mean to you?
    • Why do you think long term planning is important?
    • How do you think Council could improve long term planning processes?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Did you know that rates and annual charges are just under half of Council’s revenue?

    Different types of grants and contributions make up another quarter, with fees and charges, investments and other revenues rounding out the rest.

    Additional sources of revenue help ensure Council can provide a broad range of vital services, like libraries and playgrounds.

    With factors such as cost-shifting by the State Government and increases in expenses, Council is looking to the future to keep the Wagga Wagga LGA as one of the best places to live, work and play.

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    Did you know that rates and annual charges are just under half of Council’s revenue?

    Different types of grants and contributions make up another quarter, with fees and charges, investments and other revenues rounding out the rest.

    Additional sources of revenue help ensure Council can provide a broad range of vital services, like libraries and playgrounds.

    With factors such as cost-shifting by the State Government and increases in expenses, Council is looking to the future to keep the Wagga Wagga LGA as one of the best places to live, work and play.

    As the first year of the People’s Panel starts to draw to a close, we want big picture ideas to help grow our community.

    This topic is more of a think tank and we want your thoughts on ways Council can increase its revenue.

    Whether it’s a way to capitalise on something Council already does or a brand new concept, no idea is too big or too small.

    Being such a broad topic, here’s a few talking points to get you started:

    • What are your thoughts on allowing businesses to sponsor Council-owned infrastructure, such as advertising on Council vehicles?
    • Should the State Government be paying rates on state-owned land?
    • In the past Council has included brochures in rates notices. What are your thoughts?
    • Can you think of any opportunities for partnerships with private enterprise?
    • Are there any ways Council can better utilise its facilities and businesses?

    You can learn more about Council's adopted budget, long-term financial plan, and fees and charges in the Document Library. If there’s anything else you’d like to take a look at, let us know. We’ll be actively involved in the discussion with you.


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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. The discussion on Council’s social media presence indicated strong support for Council to host a Facebook page. This feedback was considered when Council made the decision to launch the City of Wagga Wagga Facebook page in January 2016. The page is an additional way for the community to have a conversation with Council, as well as providing information about events and services. You can like the page by searching ‘City of Wagga Wagga’ on Facebook.

    G’day! Hello! Bonjour! How are ya?

    We talk to each other in a lot of different ways, especially now in the age of smartphones and high speed internet.

    From the gallery and library to roads and rubbish, Council is responsible for a wide range of services and projects. We want your help to make sure everyone can find out what they want to know as quickly and easily as possible.

    The People’s Panel is a great example of a new way Council and the community can share ideas and we want to keep the conversation going.

    We’d like to hear your thoughts about how Council communicates with you and talk about some different ways we keep you informed.

    What do you want to know? Do you want to read, watch or listen?

    Take the short survey and then head back to the forum to share your thoughts.

    Here are a couple of talking points to get the conversation started:

    •  How can Council’s communication with you be improved?
    • Do you prefer printed information, or would you like to see more online communication through our website and social media?
    • What information do you want to see more or less of?
    • Council doesn’t currently have a Facebook page. Is this a communication tool you’d find useful?

    G’day! Hello! Bonjour! How are ya?

    We talk to each other in a lot of different ways, especially now in the age of smartphones and high speed internet.

    From the gallery and library to roads and rubbish, Council is responsible for a wide range of services and projects. We want your help to make sure everyone can find out what they want to know as quickly and easily as possible.

    The People’s Panel is a great example of a new way Council and the community can share ideas and we want to keep the conversation going.

    We’d like to hear your thoughts about how Council communicates with you and talk about some different ways we keep you informed.

    What do you want to know? Do you want to read, watch or listen?

    Take the short survey and then head back to the forum to share your thoughts.

    Here are a couple of talking points to get the conversation started:

    •  How can Council’s communication with you be improved?
    • Do you prefer printed information, or would you like to see more online communication through our website and social media?
    • What information do you want to see more or less of?
    • Council doesn’t currently have a Facebook page. Is this a communication tool you’d find useful?
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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. There was strong support from the People’s Panel for the introduction of a food organics collection service to be included as a part of the new kerbside waste collection service. Additionally, members gave Council great insight into current composting practices at home and made great suggestions to compliment the new system. Council’s Waste Team is currently considering options that could include the provision for a food organics collection service in the new contract, with a decision to be made late 2016.

    Council’s kerbside waste collection contract is set to expire in 2017, presenting a prime opportunity for Council to work with the community to discuss what our new service might look like. Community input will then be used to help us refine our future contractual requirements and find the next service delivery partner.

    Wagga’s waste management approach and kerbside collection service has a track record of embracing new practice and balancing the community needs with affordability.

    Council will be undertaking a large scale consultation process to measure community expectations on a range of waste related issues such as existing services, bulky waste collection, expanding kerbside collection to rural areas, and introducing food organics to the kerbside collection service.

    For this People’s Panel discussion topic we want you to think outside the square about how to improve the recovery of organics waste materials within the kerbside waste collection system, specifically food waste.

    The current kerbside waste collection service provides a three bin collection system in the urban area and four villages. This system includes the weekly general waste collection via a 120L general waste bin, as well as a fortnightly recycling and a fortnightly green waste collection via two separate 240L bins.

    Currently, the green waste bin is purely for garden material that is subsequently reused. Other organic material such as food scraps are being collected via the general waste bin and goes straight to landfill.

    An audit of the kerbside waste collections in 2011 identified that 54% of material in the general waste bin collections were organic in nature (such as food scraps) and as such were going direct to landfill.

    Changing the way we collect and manage organic waste will have an impact on over half the general waste material that is going to landfill. Changing the way we manage this large part of our waste stream could reduce the cost related to operating the landfill, increase the beneficial reuse of this material and greatly reduce the amount of carbon produced by decomposing organic material in a landfill.

    So what are some options? With a new contract coming up for offer, Wagga Wagga City Council is considering the impacts and outcomes of service collection and processing changes related to including food scraps in the green waste bin and increasing the collection frequency from fortnightly to weekly.

    You can find more information and a list of what could potentially go in a food organics and garden organics bin in this fact sheet.

    What we want to know from you:

    How do you currently dispose of your food scraps?

    Do you think Council should provide a kerbside collection service that aims to remove food waste from the landfill?

    What other waste collection initiatives have you seen that you think would work well in Wagga?

    Please also take the time to tell us which kerbside waste collections system you would like to see implemented in this poll.

    Council’s kerbside waste collection contract is set to expire in 2017, presenting a prime opportunity for Council to work with the community to discuss what our new service might look like. Community input will then be used to help us refine our future contractual requirements and find the next service delivery partner.

    Wagga’s waste management approach and kerbside collection service has a track record of embracing new practice and balancing the community needs with affordability.

    Council will be undertaking a large scale consultation process to measure community expectations on a range of waste related issues such as existing services, bulky waste collection, expanding kerbside collection to rural areas, and introducing food organics to the kerbside collection service.

    For this People’s Panel discussion topic we want you to think outside the square about how to improve the recovery of organics waste materials within the kerbside waste collection system, specifically food waste.

    The current kerbside waste collection service provides a three bin collection system in the urban area and four villages. This system includes the weekly general waste collection via a 120L general waste bin, as well as a fortnightly recycling and a fortnightly green waste collection via two separate 240L bins.

    Currently, the green waste bin is purely for garden material that is subsequently reused. Other organic material such as food scraps are being collected via the general waste bin and goes straight to landfill.

    An audit of the kerbside waste collections in 2011 identified that 54% of material in the general waste bin collections were organic in nature (such as food scraps) and as such were going direct to landfill.

    Changing the way we collect and manage organic waste will have an impact on over half the general waste material that is going to landfill. Changing the way we manage this large part of our waste stream could reduce the cost related to operating the landfill, increase the beneficial reuse of this material and greatly reduce the amount of carbon produced by decomposing organic material in a landfill.

    So what are some options? With a new contract coming up for offer, Wagga Wagga City Council is considering the impacts and outcomes of service collection and processing changes related to including food scraps in the green waste bin and increasing the collection frequency from fortnightly to weekly.

    You can find more information and a list of what could potentially go in a food organics and garden organics bin in this fact sheet.

    What we want to know from you:

    How do you currently dispose of your food scraps?

    Do you think Council should provide a kerbside collection service that aims to remove food waste from the landfill?

    What other waste collection initiatives have you seen that you think would work well in Wagga?

    Please also take the time to tell us which kerbside waste collections system you would like to see implemented in this poll.

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  • CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    It's been more than six months now since the People's Panel first started sharing thoughts and ideas, why did you to join the Panel?

    It's been more than six months now since the People's Panel first started sharing thoughts and ideas, why did you to join the Panel?

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  • This discussion has concluded. The People’s Panel gave detailed feedback on how Council can improve our website, and provide better service to the community online. The results also identified areas that users are currently having difficulty with such as the search function. The search function has since been modified by there are still more improvements to be made. Thanks to the People’s Panel, Council has been able to set priorities more in line with what the community wants, with the most-requested features slated to be developed first.

    Council's website receives around 1000 visitors every day, making it one of our most important interfaces with the public. It was last overhauled in 2010, and we are now looking at ways to make it more useful, responsive and secure to meet residents' needs into the future.

    We want to find out about the services that matter to you, and listen to your experiences using our site.


    This People's Panel consultation comes in two parts:

    • A short survey (5 minutes) to help us find the site's strengths and weaknesses. Click here to access.
    • Discussion below

    Discussion starters:

    1. These days many government services are available online. It is more and more common for people to do things such as paying their tax, registering a vehicle, applying for a government payment or rebate, and filing Medicare claims online. 

    What kind of experience have you had accessing government services online?

    What advice would you give to the people who build these websites? And are there examples of really good online services that we should be aware of?

    2. If money was no object, what information or service would you love Council to provide to you online (or in an app)?

    Council's website receives around 1000 visitors every day, making it one of our most important interfaces with the public. It was last overhauled in 2010, and we are now looking at ways to make it more useful, responsive and secure to meet residents' needs into the future.

    We want to find out about the services that matter to you, and listen to your experiences using our site.


    This People's Panel consultation comes in two parts:

    • A short survey (5 minutes) to help us find the site's strengths and weaknesses. Click here to access.
    • Discussion below

    Discussion starters:

    1. These days many government services are available online. It is more and more common for people to do things such as paying their tax, registering a vehicle, applying for a government payment or rebate, and filing Medicare claims online. 

    What kind of experience have you had accessing government services online?

    What advice would you give to the people who build these websites? And are there examples of really good online services that we should be aware of?

    2. If money was no object, what information or service would you love Council to provide to you online (or in an app)?

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  • This discussion has concluded. The results of the People’s Panel discussion on unapproved serviced apartments are being considered by Council’s internal LEP/DCP Working group, as they continue to investigate various factors. A way forward is expected to be determined early in 2016.
    There are a number of serviced accommodation premises operating across the city, which are providing temporary or short-term stays for tourists and visitors.

    Among these are serviced apartments, which come under the arm of tourist and visitor accommodation.
     
    Serviced apartment means a building (or part of a building) providing self-contained accommodation to tourists or visitors on a commercial basis and that is regularly serviced or cleaned by the owner or manager of the building or part of the building or the owner’s or manager’s agents.

    You can find a list of definitions relating to this topic here

    Under the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010, it may be difficult for these businesses to gain consent and if Council wanted to encourage serviced accommodation to operate in residential areas (R1), changes to the LEP 2010 would be required.

    Council would like you, The People’s Panel, to share your thoughts about serviced apartment accommodation in the discussion forum.

    You might like to discuss the following:
     
    • What do you think about making it easier for operators to set up serviced apartments in general residential areas?
    • In your opinion are there any advantages or disadvantages in having more approved serviced apartments across the city?
    • If Council was to make it easier (by including serviced apartments in the Zone R1 section of the LEP) for operators to set up serviced apartments across the LGA, what restrictions, if any, do you think should be applied?
    Please take the time to complete this short survey.

    If you would like to know more about the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010 there is more information online.
    There are a number of serviced accommodation premises operating across the city, which are providing temporary or short-term stays for tourists and visitors.

    Among these are serviced apartments, which come under the arm of tourist and visitor accommodation.
     
    Serviced apartment means a building (or part of a building) providing self-contained accommodation to tourists or visitors on a commercial basis and that is regularly serviced or cleaned by the owner or manager of the building or part of the building or the owner’s or manager’s agents.

    You can find a list of definitions relating to this topic here

    Under the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010, it may be difficult for these businesses to gain consent and if Council wanted to encourage serviced accommodation to operate in residential areas (R1), changes to the LEP 2010 would be required.

    Council would like you, The People’s Panel, to share your thoughts about serviced apartment accommodation in the discussion forum.

    You might like to discuss the following:
     
    • What do you think about making it easier for operators to set up serviced apartments in general residential areas?
    • In your opinion are there any advantages or disadvantages in having more approved serviced apartments across the city?
    • If Council was to make it easier (by including serviced apartments in the Zone R1 section of the LEP) for operators to set up serviced apartments across the LGA, what restrictions, if any, do you think should be applied?
    Please take the time to complete this short survey.

    If you would like to know more about the Wagga Wagga Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2010 there is more information online.
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  • This discussion has concluded. The discussion and survey on this topic was robust with a range of ideas put forward. These were all considered by Council’s Parks and Recreation Team and Councillors when drafting the Playground Strategy 2016-2036. The draft strategy has just been through the formal public exhibition process and will be considered for adoption by Council at the February 2016 Council Meeting.

    Wagga Wagga City Council is developing a strategy that will provide guidance on the future development and maintenance of playgrounds.

    Council currently maintains 92 playgrounds in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area, at a cost of $50,750 a year. The budget for the renewal of old playgrounds is currently $163,909 per year.

    Consultation with the community to date has shown that quality playgrounds are preferred over the quantity.

    Many families are going past small local playgrounds to larger sites because the smaller playgrounds are not meeting the expectations of the children and because there is more support infrastructure at the bigger sites to cater for caregivers.

    This is where The People's Panel comes in...

    • What is your experience with playgrounds in Wagga Wagga? 
    • Would you support the removal of some small playgrounds if it means better quality playgrounds can be built and maintained elsewhere? 
    • What could Council do to improve your experience with public playgrounds?

    This topic is open for discussion until 9am Monday 23 March. Please also take the time to complete the accompanying survey on this topic.

    Wagga Wagga City Council is developing a strategy that will provide guidance on the future development and maintenance of playgrounds.

    Council currently maintains 92 playgrounds in the Wagga Wagga Local Government Area, at a cost of $50,750 a year. The budget for the renewal of old playgrounds is currently $163,909 per year.

    Consultation with the community to date has shown that quality playgrounds are preferred over the quantity.

    Many families are going past small local playgrounds to larger sites because the smaller playgrounds are not meeting the expectations of the children and because there is more support infrastructure at the bigger sites to cater for caregivers.

    This is where The People's Panel comes in...

    • What is your experience with playgrounds in Wagga Wagga? 
    • Would you support the removal of some small playgrounds if it means better quality playgrounds can be built and maintained elsewhere? 
    • What could Council do to improve your experience with public playgrounds?

    This topic is open for discussion until 9am Monday 23 March. Please also take the time to complete the accompanying survey on this topic.

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