Buller District Council

Media Statement- Swings at the Westport Domain

17th December, 2019

Buller District Council advises that following a complaint from a member of the community and subsequent assessment by Council staff the rope swings were removed from the domain reserve beside the Buller River because they were unsafe and were going to cause long term and possibly irreparable damage to the trees.

The swings didn’t comply with NZ Standard for playground equipment and surfacing (NZS 5828:2015). This standard specifies general requirements for the selection and installation of playground equipment and surfaces for public spaces in New Zealand. The standard promotes and encourages playgrounds that are well designed, constructed and maintained for public safety, as well as being innovative and challenging. Council has the responsibility of implementing these regulations therefore the only option was to remove the swings. Staff have already started considering options for replacements which will meet playground regulations.

Council is committed to working with the Community to create public spaces which are vibrant and safe.  Council will be inviting applications mid-January for the Community Led Revitalisation Fund, which is annual contestable funding, designed to support projects led by community groups, that will:

  • Transform community public spaces.
  • Bring new life to our communities and enhance community well-being.
  • Grow community ownership of our places through the contribution of volunteers.
  • Strengthen the relationship between Council and the Community.

Information and application forms will be available on the Council website and from Council offices.


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