Council backs playground project
WHITSUNDAY Regional Council has thrown its support behind an adventure playground project at Cannonvale, which will now be named after former Cannonvale State School student Logan Wells, whose battle against childhood cancer united an entire community through the fundraising efforts of 'Logan's Run'.
At the ordinary council meeting last week, councillors voted unanimously on a recommendation to support the naming of the proposed adventure playground as "Logan's Adventure Playground", with funding to be provided from a combination of community, local and state government funds.
Both Council's Mayor Jennifer Whitney and playground co-ordinator Kellie Chart stressed the need for the community to support the project going forward.
"This is a project that will only get off the ground with community funding and then it will have to come back to Council," Cr Whitney said.
Ms Chart, whose playground fundraisers to date include last month's highly successful amateur cook-off and a current 'healthy snack' drive, said community support would be paramount.
"I really want to get across [that] to make it happen we need the community to help - just like the L oot for the Lagoon project," she said.
Ms Chart and Logan's mother Lisa Christofersen said the name was a symbol of what a community could achieve by pulling together.
"Even though the worst case scenario has happened [with Logan's passing in December 2010], look what has come out of it," Ms Christofersen said. "People have been inspired and motivated. We've always wanted a playground of this calibre and maybe it can wave a flag of hope for the children of our community who may encounter battles of one kind or another," she said.
For more information or to become involved email Kellie Chart at firstname.lastname@example.org