A happy place to put down anchor
  • Monday 22 September 2014
Happy Valley

Happy Valley is living up to its name, with the Sunshine Coast’s littlest residents enjoying the upgraded playground.

Divisional councillor Tim Dwyer said the popular playground boat now had a new deck on the bow from which captains and pirates could steer a steady course.

“More than half the southern side of the boat was also replaced with timber and we used powder coated milled stainless steel for handles and guardrails,” Cr Dwyer said.

“This will ensure the boat will last and can be enjoyed by local and visiting children for many years to come.

“A new cargo net was installed inside near the bow, as well as a rope tunnel, a ship’s wheel and a pirate flag.”

The playground project cost $15,000.

Cr Dwyer said Happy Valley was such a great place to picnic, to relax and enjoy time with the family and this project added to other recent council works.

Thanks to new lighting on the Kings Beach to Happy Valley boardwalk, an evening stroll is now a lot safer.

Cr Dwyer, members of the Caloundra SAFE Committee recently celebrated the new lighting, all agreeing it made one of Caloundra’s best pieces of infrastructure more accessible to more people.

“While we knew it would be a welcomed decision, we’ve been overwhelmed by the number of people who have come forward to congratulate council on improving what was already a great asset,” Cr Dwyer said.

“A healthy lifestyle is one of this council’s major goals and the coastal pathway encourages an active community.”

Cr Dwyer said the $86,600 lighting project also allowed for additional lighting, if required.