Memorial fire truck playground to be built in Buxton

Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth and RFS volunteers at Telopea Park Buxton.
Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth and RFS volunteers at Telopea Park Buxton.

Buxton will soon be home to a fire truck themed playground in memory of the sacrifices made by firefighters and families during the 2019/2020 fire season.

Wollondilly Council approved an amendment of the Telopea Park Master Plan at last Tuesay's council meeting to allow for the installation of a Rural Fire Service (RFS) Fire Truck Memorial Playground within the park

The request for a memorial playground at Telopea Park was raised by the Buxton community as a fitting tribute to late RFS volunteers, Andrew O'Dwyer and Geoffrey Keaton, who tragically lost their lives while battling the Green Wattle Creek Bushfire last year.

Mayor Matthew Deeth said the new playground would serve as an important reminder of the fire event.

"This will be a wonderful tribute to the firefighters who lost their lives defending our residents and their homes from the bushfires, and an important reminder to the local community of what happened during the 2019-20 bushfires," he said.

An artist's impression of the proposed fire truck themed playground.

An artist's impression of the proposed fire truck themed playground.

"I'd like to thank the community advocates, particularly the Buxton RFS and Kim Hill, who successfully secured a range of external funding towards the playground equipment.

"Their hard work and enthusiasm will help make this project a reality."

The council also included the families of the fallen firefighters during their community engagement process.

Funding was also allocated from the Commonwealth Government's $1 million Recovery Grant in February.

The community engagement process identified the preferred location for the new playground within the park and demonstrated overwhelming community support for the project.

Many respondents also suggested the inclusion of some park seats and plaques specifically dedicated to the two firefighters.

The Telopea Park Master Plan amendments will include:

  • An RFS Fire Truck Memorial Playground with shade provision, landscaping and park seating, including memorial plaque/s.
  • An update of the existing playground with the selected design, allowing for future shade structure provision
  • Adapting the connection routes between some of the facilities due to minor changes required during construction