An inclusive play space is one step closer to a reality with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on Tuesday 15 November by Wollondilly Shire Council and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
A joint partnership between Wollondilly Shire Council and the Touched by Olivia Foundation, the inclusive play space is supported by the Federal Government with Angus Taylor MP, Member for Hume, and Senator Fiona Nash, Minister for Regional Development, pledging $350,000 towards the project cost. Wollondilly Shire Council, the Touched by Olivia Foundation and corporate partnerships will fund the remainder of the project.
The inclusive play space will be designed following consultation with the community and will aim to have a variety of play equipment for active, passive, imaginative and social play. Elements to be considered include:
- Accessible play equipment
- Sensory items such as music, light, touch and texture
- Entirely fenced play space
- Access to appropriate amenities
- Linkage to accessible car parking and
- Equipment and pathways that can be accessed by prams, wheelchairs and walkers.
The concept of developing an inclusive play space at Warragamba began in 2013 with Council establishing a community-led Steering Committee. This eventually led to a Council resolution on 17 October 2016 committing to ‘in principle’ support for a partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
“Through this project we will establish a quality regional inclusive play space in Warragamba that caters for children of all abilities, promoting social inclusion and encouraging physical activity for improved community wellbeing.” said Mayor Judith Hannan.
“Council is proud to be able to facilitate the delivery of an inclusive play space in Warragamba. The Warragamba town centre will be enhanced through the provision of an inclusive play space that will act as a local and regional drawcard for the area, increasing visitation and strengthening the local economy” said Wollondilly Shire Council’s General Manager, Luke Johnson.
Find out more by joining our Friends of Livvi’s Place Warragamba Facebook group here
Have your say on what you want to see in this important project here