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Variety Inclusive Playground, Batemans Bay

Working title: Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground

Project: Building an exciting, inclusive playground at Corrigans Reserve at Batehaven

Stage 1: July to December 2016. The official opening celebration was on 4 March 2017.

Stage 2: Early 2018


  • Council committed $136,000 and secured $300,000 from the NSW Government's Club Grants program for the project, and allocated a further $190,000 for the picnic sets, as well as the car park and pathway upgrades.
  • The Bay Push has contributed a $100,000 grant, which they secured under the State Government's Community Building Partnership, and has raised thousands more through their fundraising efforts.

Last updated: February 2020


Corrigans Beach Reserve playground at Batehaven is the largest of 36 playgrounds in Eurobodalla. It is 3km south of Batemans Bay town centre, in a pleasant and popular seaside location between the Batehaven shopping area and Corrigans Beach.

Inclusive playgrounds and the community facilities that support them are designed to be places where people of all ages, cultures and abilities can socialise and enjoy themselves.

To improve local facilities for people with disabilities, we have upgraded this major playground into an inclusive playground by expanding the size of the playground, installing new equipment, and - wherever possible - reusing and converting the existing playground equipment to allow inclusive use.

The inclusive playground is a partnership between Council and local charity The Bay Push, who had initially raised funds for the liberty swing and wheelchair access to the beach from the park.

Together we aim to:

  • provide a place where everyone can create and share happy experiences and memories, have fun and be challenged, regardless of age, culture or ability
  • support the local economy by providing an inclusive playground to encourage visitors
  • invest in social outcomes by creating a vibrant inclusive play space that encourages active participation by all children.

In recognition of this partnership the playground was officially named Variety Inclusive Playground, Batemans Bay.

Latest news

June 2019

The new Changing Places toilet sits adjacent to the Variety Inclusive Playground.

  • The new Changing Places fully accessible toilet is now open and will allow people with high support needs to enjoy day-to-day activities.
  • The toilet includes a height-adjustable adult-sized changing table, a hoist system, and sufficient space in a clean environment. The toilet is provided in addition to and separate from standard accessible toilets.
  • Thanks to grants from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and the Australian Government’s Community Development Grants Programme, families with a member who has a serious disability can now enjoy the day out at Corrigans, just like any other family.
  • A Master Locksmiths’ Access Key is needed to access Changing Places toilets.

May 2019

  • We have extended the shelter so the cooks can now barbeque in the shade.
  • Work continues to provide improvements to the accessible toilet facilities.

April 2019

  • Work on the fully accessible toilet and change room will continue when the required equipment arrives on site.
  • Minor works continue within the playground to complete the project.

February 2019

  • We have returned to site to build a changing places fully accessible toilet and change room to complement the accessible playground.
  • The additions will be an extension of the existing amenities block.
  • We hope the purpose built facility will stimulate additional visitors to the area as people with disabilities and their carers will be able to comfortably participate in recreational activities.
  • The toilets will remain open for use during works and disruption to the general public will be minimal.

January 2019

  • Crews have returned to complete the upgrade to the car park drainage.
  • There won’t be any disruption to playground users as the works are in the drainage reserve.
  • Visitor are enjoying some respite from the summer sun under the new shade sails.

December 2018

  • Work on the entrance to the playground has finished and looks amazing with the new artwork on the pathway and the timber totems.
  • 14 tuckeroo trees, native to Australia, have been planted throughout the playground and three shade sails have been erected.

November 2018

  • We have been working on the playground entrance with timber totems displaying the official playground name. Council considered an appropriate name for the playground which would reflect the community’s wishes and the involvement of charities in the development of the playground. The Corrigans Beach Reserve Accessible Playground Sunset Committee oversaw the development of the playground. At its meeting on 13 June 2017 Council resolved that the playground be named Variety Inclusive Playground, Batemans Bay.

  • Rubber soft fall surfacing has been placed beneath the tower, slide and swings making it safer for children to play.
  • Concrete staining has brought the paths to life with fun artwork for to explore.
  • Soon we will plant 14 native tuckeroo trees to adorn the entrance and decorate the playground.

October 2018

  • The school holidays are a fantastic opportunity for children and adults to explore the new inclusive playground.
  • When school resumes we will return to site and continue with the finishing touches.
  • Soft fall material will be placed beneath the slide and swings.
  • Additional seating and tables will be installed along with the final two pieces of equipment.

August 2018

  • The playground is springing to life with many finishing touches signalling that completion is not too far away.

  • The playground works will continue until November 2018 while we finish landscaping works and install additional seats and picnic tables, entrance signage and an Accessible Changing Places Toilet.
  • Meanwhile everyone is welcome to come down to see what's been happening and test out the new equipment.
  • We expect the work to be completed in time for the Christmas school holidays.

April 2018

  • We are installing additional climbing and dome play equipment and softfall areas.
  • Finishing touches are next on the list, which we will begin after the July school holidays.

November 2017

  • To build on the completion of the first phases of the regional inclusive playground, upgrades to pathways, picnic facilities and tree planting, we will be upgrading the foreshore car park between the playground and the beach within Corrigans Beach Reserve.
  • Work on the foreshore car park will begin on 8 November 2017 and finish just before the Christmas school holidays. The remaining three car parks will remain open during the works to allow parking.
  • The new foreshore car park will provide an additional 88 formal car parks with four accessible spaces for people with Mobility Parking Scheme (MPS) permits. The works will involve the installation of stormwater drainage, kerb and gutter and a new sealed and linemarked road surface.

The construction zone for the Corrigans Beach Reserve car park upgrade - Nov 2017

April 2017

  • View the plan for the exciting Stage 2 additions for the playground! (click for larger image)

Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground Stage 2 plan

March 2017

  • Mayor Liz Innes officially opened the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive playground on Saturday 4 March 2017 at a community barbecue celebration.
    Also in attendance were Ann Sudmalis MP Federal Member for Gilmore, Andrew Constance MP Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Council staff who worked on the playground, members of the project's Sunset Committee, as well as representatives from The Bay Push, Variety, and other organisations who were involved in the project. We'd like to extend our thanks for their generous support that has enabled this community project to come to fruition.

Mayor Liz Innes cutting the ribbon to open the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground, joined by relevant officials.Eurobodalla Mayor Liz Innes officially opening the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground.Charles Stuart from the Bay Push speaking at the opening of the Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground, joined by Council's Director of Infrastructure Services, Warren Sharpe.

February 2017

  • Fencing has begun! Sections of the playground will be fenced off and out of bounds during installation, but play equipment will still be open to the public. We expect the fencing to be finished by the end of February. The new fence will use panels from the old fence, plus new curved sections to accommodate the playground’s shape.

December 2016

  • Stage 1 of the playground is complete and we're open for Christmas! After a fun-filled holiday season, in 2017 we're looking forward to adding more play equipment, soft-fall areas, a welcoming entranceway and erecting the fence - using the fence panels from the previous playground and adding a few new curves to fit the great new shape.
  • Watch some of our journey on this project:

  • The finishing touches are being put in place so Stage 1 of the new playground will be open in time for the school holidays. Charles Stuart from The Bay Push says he's delighted with the size and quality of the park, "It's wonderful to see it 'in real life' after all the planning and I thank Council for getting the playground to this stage." (click for larger images):

Sealing the timber benches within Corrigans Reserve inclusive playgroundTurf being laid at Corrigans Reserve inclusive playgroundNew turf at Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground - Dec 2016New turf at Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground - Dec 2016Aerial view of Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground - Dec 2016Aerial view of Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground - Dec 2016Aerial view of Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground - Dec 2016Aerial view of Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground - Dec 2016

November 2016

  • The new sea themed soft-fall material is now in place around the playground equipment:

Sea themed soft-fall materials are in place under the playground equipment - Nov 2016Sea themed soft-fall materials are in place under the playground equipment - Nov 2016Sea themed soft-fall materials are in place under the playground equipment - Nov 2016Soft-fall materials are in place under the playground equipment - Nov 2016

  • Stage 1 works are on schedule to be finished before Christmas. You can really see the playground taking shape in this latest aerial photograph:

An aerial photograph of Corrigans Reserve inclusive playground as at November 2016

October 2016

  • Works are well underway - view some photos from this month:

Works underway at Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground - Oct 2016The new shade shelter at Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground - Oct 2016A section of the new footpath at Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground - Oct 2016The new accessible merry-go-round in place - Oct 2016Workers laying a section of the new playground footpath - Oct 2016Workers finishing a section of the new playground footpath - Oct 2016Works underway at Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground - Oct 2016A view of the playground area with the new footpath in place - Oct 2016

July 2016

  • Construction work has started. The playground will be fenced off and closed until early December 2016 while the playground is rebuilt.

June 2016

  • Preliminary work for the inclusive playground will start after the June long weekend. The playground area will be closed for a few weeks while stormwater drainage is installed.
  • Construction of the first stage of the new playground will start at the end of July and includes repositioning the existing reusable play equipment, such as the flying fox, and the installation of new pieces. The playground will be closed until November while construction is underway.

April 2016

March 2016

  • The draft concept plan for the playground was placed on public exhibition from 2 March until 23 March 2016 for community members to view and give feedback.
    Once the final plans have been endorsed by the Sunset Committee and Council, we will develop a construction staging plan for the funds currently available and seeking tenders to begin works.

    The various elements of the playground will be constructed in stages as funding is available. We will work closely with community groups to identify further funding and grants to see the entire concept plan realised.

December 2015

  • We have worked with community organisation The Bay Push to install an access pathway for beach wheelchairs to Corrigans Beach at the rear of Clyde View Caravan Park.
    The new path provides access for two water wheelchairs kindly donated by the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club.
  • We are installing new picnic tables and shelters in the open green space area closest to the traffic lights. These picnic settings are accessibility compliant. We will plant eight new trees near the picnic settings to provide shade.
  • The playground design consultant has nearly completed the concept plans. The Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground Sunset Committee will review the plans at their next meeting. We plan make these concept plans available for public comment in early 2016.

Community engagement

The Corrigans Reserve Inclusive Playground Sunset Committee has been established to guide this project. The committee is made up of community members and Council representatives.

In October 2015 we asked residents and visitors to let us know what kind of equipment they would like to see at the playground. We set up a stall at the local markets at Corrigans Beach Reserve and shared an online survey to get your feedback.

The children and adults who completed the survey said they want similar things. Swimming, sliding, climbing, monkey bars, a flying fox, riding, and opportunities for imaginative play are the things that you said are most appealing.

The design consultant, a specialist in playspace and landscape design, prepared the playground design incorporating feedback from the community for consideration by Council in February 2016.

In March 2016 the Corrigan Reserve Draft Concept Plan and accompanying Ideas Booklet, which illustrates each of the play components proposed in the plan, was made available for public comment.

More information

For more information about the inclusive playground at Corrigans Beach Reserve, please contact our Project Engineer, Mark Cutting:

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