Banambila Street play space

Project status: In progress

How to have YourSay

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the preliminary design for a significant upgrade to the Banambila Street play space in Aranda. Feedback closed on Sunday 11 December 2022.

We are currently reviewing the feedback received ahead of releasing the final designs in 2023.

We are also delivering significant upgrades to play spaces in Chisholm, Gordon, and Ngunnawal. Visit the better play spaces page to learn more.

We are looking at

Earlier this year we received 290 pieces of feedback in total via the online survey, email, social media and a face to face pop up. This feedback informed the preliminary design for the Banambila Street play space in Aranda which we shared with the community in late 2022 ahead of finalising the design for construction in 2023.

We will use your views to

Feedback received during this second phase of engagement will be used to finalise the designs ahead of construction procurement in 2023.

Design

What you told us you’d like to see

  • Amenities: furniture for sitting, eating, or studying; shade trees and shade sails; picnic shelters and improvements to paths and access.
  • Play equipment/elements: nature play; climbing structures; swinging equipment; all abilities play equipment; a basketball hoop and fitness or multi-use equipment.

How we have used your feedback

  • Central nature play area with balancing, climbing and Ngunnawal cultural play elements.
  • Junior fort with slide and climbing elements.
  • Concrete path to improve access.
  • Shade sail with cultural artwork on the posts.
  • Seating area with a shelter and picnic table.
  • Fitness station for adults and seniors.

Preliminary design

Click here to see a full-screen version of the preliminary design.

Map displaying improvements at the Banambila Street play space in Aranda.

Map displaying improvements at the Banambila Street play space in Aranda.

Provide your feedback

Cultural design elements

The region where the Aranda play space upgrade is planned holds an ancient cultural and spiritual connection to the Ngunnawal people and has for thousands of years. The Ngunnawal landscape around Galambary/Black Mountain was abundant in native orchids, daisies, lilies and native fauna. One of the well-known native daisies is the Yam Daisy, referred to as Dharaban. The daisy has been harvested by Ngunnawal women and children for thousands of years and is used by the Ngunnawal people as a staple to create damper, native tea and to aid healing wounds.

The artwork for Aranda, by artist and cultural consultant Bradley Mapiva Brown, reflects these connections to country to Dharaban, Galambary and the Molonglo River. Bagariin Ngunnawal Cultural Consulting provided several recommendations to showcase the play space Yam Daisy theme. Recommendations included in the play space design are:

  • artwork wrapped on the shade sail posts
  • a climbing net which symbolises the carrying bags and baskets used to collect food resources
  • a wombat burrow play tunnel for toddlers
  • artwork in the pathway
  • nature play elements.
Ngunnawal cultural elements included in the preliminary design for Banambila Street play space improvements.

Ngunnawal cultural elements included in the preliminary design for Banambila Street play space improvements.