River Red Gum Playspace Upgrade at Bundoora Park

Project Update

Construction has commenced - February 2020

Council is pleased to announce that construction works are commencing in mid February and will take approximately 10 weeks to complete, weather permitting. The playspace will be closed during works however there are plenty of nearby playspaces and facilities to discover, including the All Abilities playspace, which is free to visit, next to Bundoora Farm. Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to hearing from the community including what you like about the new playspace, once it re-opens.

Completion of Community Engagement - March 2018

Thank you to everyone who lodged their preferences in the latest online survey to choose the play options that will be implemented as part of this upgrade. Council is pleased to announce the following options that were chosen by the community:

  • Adventure Play choice is the Flying Fox (54.4% of votes).
  • Motion Play choice is the Carousel with bars (56.2% of votes).
  • Balance and Coordination choice is the See-saw (54.4% of votes).

What Has Happened So Far?

Council provided an online survey in February 2018 for the community to choose the equipment that would be implemented as part of this playspace upgrade. The options were presented in the draft concept design which was based on community ideas expressed during Stage One consultation in August-October 2017. The community feedback was compiled and considered in preparation of the draft concept design. Council have consulted with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council and will continue to do so to assess cultural heritage impacts and seek guidance on the design.

The draft concept design can be viewed here (or click on the image below).

Popular Community Requests:

  • Inclusion of Nature play with natural materials
  • Improved accessibility
  • Adventure play (Flying Fox)
  • Water play
  • Native Australian or bush themes
  • Fencing
  • Increase Shade, Trees and Amenities

If you would like to know more about Stage One Consultation, please download the Summary Report here.

Note: Council acknowledge that whilst many requests were made during Stage One consultation, not all are possible for this playspace upgrade. A large number of contributors requested water play however due to the high cost of infrastructure and other practical requirements that would be necessary to ensure all abilities access, water play cannot be achieved as part of this upgrade. Similarly, a café/kiosk is not possible to implement. Council encourage park users to visit the Bundoora Farm or Bundoora Homestead Art Centre for excellent café facilities (including take-away options) that the entire family can enjoy.


About this Project

Council is upgrading the River Red Gum playspace this financial year as part of the Darebin Playspace Strategy 2010-2020. The playspace is one of five playspaces located within Bundoora Park. Bundoora Park is a regional park with significant indigenous cultural heritage and value.

The upgrade will include replacement of existing equipment that does not meet safety regulations and will provide the following possible improvements:

  • Upgrade play equipment and provide a range of play activities for all ages.

  • Natural play elements and themes that are relevant to the site.

  • New furniture, tree planting for shading and amenity as well as other soft landscaping.

  • Removal of outdated and non-compliant play equipment.

Location of River Red Gum Playspace

This playspace is located in Bundoora Park at the eastern corner of Fairway Drive and River Red Gum Drive in Bundoora Park and is best accessed through the Bundoora Park main entrance at 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.

Project Update

Construction has commenced - February 2020

Council is pleased to announce that construction works are commencing in mid February and will take approximately 10 weeks to complete, weather permitting. The playspace will be closed during works however there are plenty of nearby playspaces and facilities to discover, including the All Abilities playspace, which is free to visit, next to Bundoora Farm. Thank you for your patience during this time. We look forward to hearing from the community including what you like about the new playspace, once it re-opens.

Completion of Community Engagement - March 2018

Thank you to everyone who lodged their preferences in the latest online survey to choose the play options that will be implemented as part of this upgrade. Council is pleased to announce the following options that were chosen by the community:

  • Adventure Play choice is the Flying Fox (54.4% of votes).
  • Motion Play choice is the Carousel with bars (56.2% of votes).
  • Balance and Coordination choice is the See-saw (54.4% of votes).

What Has Happened So Far?

Council provided an online survey in February 2018 for the community to choose the equipment that would be implemented as part of this playspace upgrade. The options were presented in the draft concept design which was based on community ideas expressed during Stage One consultation in August-October 2017. The community feedback was compiled and considered in preparation of the draft concept design. Council have consulted with the Wurundjeri Tribe Land Council and will continue to do so to assess cultural heritage impacts and seek guidance on the design.

The draft concept design can be viewed here (or click on the image below).

Popular Community Requests:

  • Inclusion of Nature play with natural materials
  • Improved accessibility
  • Adventure play (Flying Fox)
  • Water play
  • Native Australian or bush themes
  • Fencing
  • Increase Shade, Trees and Amenities

If you would like to know more about Stage One Consultation, please download the Summary Report here.

Note: Council acknowledge that whilst many requests were made during Stage One consultation, not all are possible for this playspace upgrade. A large number of contributors requested water play however due to the high cost of infrastructure and other practical requirements that would be necessary to ensure all abilities access, water play cannot be achieved as part of this upgrade. Similarly, a café/kiosk is not possible to implement. Council encourage park users to visit the Bundoora Farm or Bundoora Homestead Art Centre for excellent café facilities (including take-away options) that the entire family can enjoy.


About this Project

Council is upgrading the River Red Gum playspace this financial year as part of the Darebin Playspace Strategy 2010-2020. The playspace is one of five playspaces located within Bundoora Park. Bundoora Park is a regional park with significant indigenous cultural heritage and value.

The upgrade will include replacement of existing equipment that does not meet safety regulations and will provide the following possible improvements:

  • Upgrade play equipment and provide a range of play activities for all ages.

  • Natural play elements and themes that are relevant to the site.

  • New furniture, tree planting for shading and amenity as well as other soft landscaping.

  • Removal of outdated and non-compliant play equipment.

Location of River Red Gum Playspace

This playspace is located in Bundoora Park at the eastern corner of Fairway Drive and River Red Gum Drive in Bundoora Park and is best accessed through the Bundoora Park main entrance at 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.

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    Your feedback is important and will be used to develop an exciting new playspace for the community.

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    Your feedback is important and will be used to develop an exciting new playspace for the community.

    Please note that your comments in this survey may be used as supporting documentation for Council meetings and will or may be published on our Council websites, including in Council Agenda’s and Minutes. When including any comments, please refrain from including any personal information in this survey if you would not like it to be accessible for public viewing, and from identifying specific people by name for the sake of their privacy.




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