Council has partnered with the Touched by Olivia Foundation to develop an exciting new inclusive play space for all children, at Warragamba Civic Park in Warragamba.
The $1.4M 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.
The Touched by Olivia Foundation has secured $350,000 from the NSW State Government, $10,000 from Member for Wollondilly, Jai Rowell and a further $19,000 raised from community fundraising activities.
Wollondilly Shire Council will be working towards funding the remainder of the project to bring the project alive.
Our vision is to create a quality regional play space in Warragamba that offers play opportunities for people of all abilities, promoting social inclusion and encouraging physical activity to enhance the wellbeing of our community and visitors.
It is also anticipated that the new inclusive play space will enhance the local Warragamba economy through increased visitation to the area.
The local community has driven this project since the dismantling of the popular Kurung Muru playground at the Warragamba Dam in 1998. Kurung Muru was one of the first accessible playgrounds in Australia and was built by local dam workers in 1985 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the construction of the dam.
In 2013 Council supported the establishment of a community-led Steering Committee which, through their continued promotion of the project, was successful in having the Touched by Olivia Foundation agree to partner with the project.
Warragamba Civic Park is a triangular shaped park that is located to the north of Warragamba Town Hall, between Fourteenth Street and Weir Road. Civic Park is currently used as a park with existing playground equipment, trees and seating. A range of community buildings and activities are nearby including a primary school, pre-school, child care and neighbourhood centre.
Inclusive play spaces aim to have a variety of play equipment for active, passive, imaginative and social play. Elements to be focused on 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
- Equipment and pathways that can be accessed by prams, wheelchairs and walkers
Feedback that was received through community engagement activities, along with the principles of inclusive play, was used to guide the final design of the play space.
The Touched by Olivia Foundation is founded on the concept of ‘play for all’, where everyone would belong, regardless of difference. The Foundation works hard to ensure that government, corporate and communities collaborate together to create inclusive play spaces, called Livvi’s Places.
In less than 10 years, Touched by Olivia has spread its wings and opened 21 Livvi’s Places across Australia. These play spaces are underpinned by the principles of universal design and reinforce the basic right that every child needs to play.
Contact Council directly on 4677 1100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org