Luke’s Place | Wollongong NSW

Luke's Place Signage
Inspecting the newly opened inclusive playspace, Sean was overwhelmed by the words of support from the community who helped realise this dream.

In partnership with Wollongong City Council, Touched by Olivia Foundation developed  a Luke’s Place, found at Corrimal Memorial Park.

“Having a child with special needs means I understand first hand the difficulties families face when trying to find spaces for us to be together. We want our special needs kids to be part of our community, and we want our special needs kids to be become accepted and valued in our communities. It all starts in the playground when our children are young. That is what makes this park such a wonderful idea” Sean said.

At the Butterfly Ball in March 2013, it was announced that this project would be named “Luke’s Place” in honour of Sean and Rita’s son who inspired them to drive this project.

“I’m a local resident and I knew that we really needed this opportunity for our community. My wife Rita and I are looking forward to working with Wollongong City Council and the wider community to create this playground for all our children.”

Read a message of thanks from the Rapley’s here

Jade and Callum Webb and Rita and Luke Rapley during the fundraising campaign.

To join the Friends of this project, click here

To view some pictures from the opening, click here.

Listen to Bianca Dye from i98fm talk about the big opening. 

To watch footage, click on the images below.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Feb 2014
Groundbreaking Ceremony Feb 2014WIN News Story - Opening of Luke's Place