Frenchville students Walk to School from renewed playground

Published on 17 May 2019

Frenchville students at Eichelberger

Students from Frenchville State School began their Walk to School this morning from the renewed playground at Eichelberger Park.

Chair of Council’s Parks Committee Councillor Cherie Rutherford said it made her very happy to see the new playground being used by students.

“It was an absolute pleasure to go along to Frenchville State School’s Walk to School event this morning, and I really want to thank the school for including us,” said Cr Rutherford.

“National Walk Safely to School Day promotes the health benefits of getting out and being active, and in my opinion there are few better incentives for kids to get outside than having a great playground in their own neighbourhood.”

Division 2 Councillor Neil Fisher said that Frenchville State School students should feel proud of the renewed playground and commended the school for their proactive interaction with Rockhampton Region Council in the Frenchville community.

“Students at Frenchville have been involved in the new park since plans were first suggested last year, and we have heard their thoughts on the colours and the equipment,” said Cr Fisher.

“I hope that the students really feel a sense of ownership and pride over the new park.”

Frenchville State School Deputy Principal Bill Smith said that he is very happy to see this kind of connection between the School and Council.

“It was great to see our students have input into the development of the playground, and wonderful for them to see their impact in the community.” said Mr Smith.

The new playground equipment includes a double tower with spaces for climbing, crawling, balancing, and sliding, as well as a double swing, kangaroo springer, and spiroette. The equipment caters for children between the ages of 2 and 12 years.