“… can we have an article comparing the facilities in our older suburbs that are neglected and barely consist of more than a small metal swing set.”Comment on Facebook
The reason: the grand play spaces in new estates are funded by the sale of blocks to those new residents moving into the suburb. For decades after that, the infrastructure will be maintained but not changed. If a play space is missing from this new estate design, then it will never be built later because there is no funding to do so.
THE SAME APPLIES FOR CYCLING.
If a new suburb does not get good cycling infrastructure from the start, then it will remain poor for decades. This is what is happening now in the Molonglo Valley estate development.