Calls for a nature playground behind the band shell at Cowaramup’s Pioneer Park received a major boost last week. Shire of Augusta-Margaret River deputy Shire president Julia Meldrum received a petition from more than 300 Cowtown residents wanting better play options for their youngsters and asked for a report on the concept from the Shire’s chief executive. Residents Wendy Sibly, Alice Boyd and Kate Tarrant led the petition for the project. They said the playground would suit all ages, with the concept emerging during conversations with other community members, and an adventure playground would also enhance the growing township’s tourism appeal. “Our town is expanding at a rapid rate and the latest census data shows that Cowaramup’s population has increased by over 30 per cent in the past six years, with the number of families almost doubling,” the women said in a statement. “Existing playground structures in our town lack imagination and creative play opportunities and do not cater to all ages and ability levels. “Additionally, most are on the eastern side of the highway, requiring many children to cross a dangerous road with no pedestrian crossing.” Cr Meldrum said the chief executive report was ordered out of the available options councillors had when receiving petitions.