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Iconic Maiala Picnic Shelter saved and amenities reinstated through construction

October 02, 2019

Mount Glorious Maiala day-use-area is currently undergoing an upgrade to ensure the space can be accessed and enjoyed by all. Until now plans from the Department of Environment and Science intended to remove the current picnic shelter infrastructure and replace it with a modern alternative.

Today Nikki Boyd MP joined with locals at Maiala to announce that the planned upgrade of the day-use-area will ensure the existing iconic picnic shelter will be preserved and made accessible for people with a disability for generations to come

“This picnic shelter structure is a centrepiece of the community in Mount Glorious. I have many happy childhood memories formed here like so many in our community. I understand this shelter is iconic and meaningful and that is why I joined the fight to save it.” Ms Boyd said

“Many thanks to the community members who have been so passionate in their advocacy and commitment to getting the best upgrade for Maiala, particularly Karen Hutt and Bill McKeever”.

“I felt the frustration of the community working to obtain clarity around information and infrastructure, which has overshadowed the purpose of these works- to make this valued space accessible to more in our community” she said.

This follows on from the recent announcement that amenities will be provided during the construction for the community.

“I can additionally confirm today that the Department of Transport and Main Roads has granted the necessary permits to place port-a-loos for use by the public onsite through construction” Ms Boyd said.

Picnic structure improvements include the following;

• Retention of existing group picnic shelter with enhanced disability access, along with a structural assessment.
• Replacement of slab below group picnic shelter.
• Provision of Class 1 access (disability access) between the PWD carpark on Mount Glorious Road: to the toilets, a single PWD (person with a disability) BBQ/picnic node and into the existing group picnic shelter.
• Minor rectification works to the existing group picnic shelter as recommended by the structural assessment and a general tidy up of the appearance of the shelter.
• Site orientation information.
• Retention of the base rock/concrete works of the existing wood-fire BBQs, but removal of wood-fired BBQ ‘plates’.

Works are expected to continue until early 2020.

Locals in image include L-R Cathy Lilley, Bill McKeever, Ian Lilley and Carmel Black.