Mulwala’s $2.2M Purtle Park Adventure Park officially opens

Published on 18 December 2020


A bright blue sky welcomed the many smiling faces, who came together to celebrate the official opening of Mulwala’s $2.2 million dollar adventure playground.

The new all-abilities, adventure playground for Mulwala is complete just in time for Christmas, with Member for Albury Justin Clancy joining a community celebration to officially open the new attraction Friday afternoon. 

The family friendly park contains a free-standing all-abilities play system, that quite literally ‘reaches to the skies’, with children able to move between sky cabins, along swaying paths five metres above the ground. The project has also delivered a new toilet block and parking under separate funding. 

The design includes a nod to the Yarrawonga Mulwala Traffic Bridge, with the theme including a dip and suspension bridge, as well as beach lagoon.

The larger play elements are designed to encourage risk taking and problem solving for older children, along with natural park elements of logs and rocks to promote balance.   Toddler play areas, a fenced play area, water and vertical play areas, a basket swing, the pelican nest and hideaway frames and flying fox are other well-thought out ideas and features.

Federation Council Mayor said the adventure playground will attract interest throughout the region and state, and delivery of the new community asset could not have come at a better time than the beginning of the summer school holiday period.

“This adventure playground is so much more than what we ever envisaged and is an asset that Federation Council is proud to have for the betterment of our Council area,” he said.

“This project is a true credit to all involved, especially Kaitlyn Cummins, who has been the driving force behind the adventure playground from the beginning. I know this will be a proud day for her, as well as founding contributors Yarrawonga Holiday Park, who have committed $210,000 to the project over the years, the NSW Government and all other funding partners far and wide. This project is another fine example of what the NSW State Government, Council and the community can achieve, when we work together on bringing a vision to fruition.”

Mayor Bourke said the Purtle family would also be very proud to see the massive improvement in the park named after Robert Purtle, ‘Possum’s’ dad. 

“The Purtle family has made a massive contribution to Mulwala and Yarrawonga for many years and to see something like this come to fruition is so pleasing and well deserving. On behalf of Federation Council, I would like to thank the generous funding partners, contractors Enviro Culture and the project management team at Council for managing this project. This has been an amazing community initiative and I look forward to this new space providing many hours of enjoyment for our young residents and families for many years to come.”

Member for Albury Justin Clancy said it was great to have this wonderful new park for the people of Mulwala and visitors to enjoy.

“It’s an added bonus to name this park after the Purtle family that has done so much for Mulwala,” he said.

“This will be a place of family fun and recreation for generations to come, and the NSW Government has been pleased to be part of this history.”

The $2.2 million dollar adventure park and public toilet redevelopment was made possible by a collaboration of funding partners including the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities Fund and Stronger Country Communities Fund, Yarrawonga Holiday Park as founding contributors, Federation Council and many generous community and business donations pledged throughout the project journey. 

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