Facelift for Gooligulch playspace and a special message from Grandma

10 Jun 2021
Liveable Places and Spaces

The refurbishment program for the much loved Gooligulch playspace at Wonga Park Reserve will commence in June.

The playspace, based on the Graeme Base book My Grandma Lived in Gooligulch, will receive significant upgrades including restoring and revamping Grandma’s House, refurbishing play units, reinstating art panels, and improving seating, landscaping and signage.

Manningham Mayor, Cr Andrew Conlon said that these refurbishments will help to keep the iconic Wonga Park playspaces in excellent condition for years to come.

“Manningham Council is proud to be investing in this facility to provide a unique character filled playspace for the children and families of Wonga Park to enjoy,” Cr Conlon said.

Council has been working with author Graeme Base as well as the original creative team on the plans to restore and refurbish the existing aged fixtures and add new attractions. Key features of the playspace including the Joey kangaroo swings, the junior rockers and the Goanna slide will be brought back to life.

To carry out these works, the playspace will need to be partially and at times fully closed from June 2021. The community will be able to use the playground closest to the oval or the playground alongside the tennis courts in Wonga Park Reserve.  Updates will be provided on the Manningham Council website.

Manningham Mayor, Cr Andrew Conlon also spoke with Grandma and has a message to pass on from her.

“Hello Everyone,

Just to let you know I have asked Gooligulch Town Council if they have any cans of paint or timber lying around to help fix up my old house.   So if some bits have been taken away or are closed  off for a while, don’t worry - all will be back the way it's supposed to be before you can say  Bandywallop East. And with a few new surprises as well!



Refurbishment of Grandma’s House and the Gooligulch playspace will commence in June. It’s anticipated that repairs and improvements will be completed by the end of the year.