Imagine how we could play…

Children and families are encouraged to tell Hume City Council what they would like to see in an inclusive playspace to be built at Craigieburn Park.

Residents can fill in an online survey now, which follows a series of interactive workshops that were held last week in primary schools across Craigieburn.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Adem Atmaca, said he was keen to learn what families wanted from the playspace.

“This is a really exciting undertaking and we are determined to build a playspace that every child can enjoy, regardless of their age or ability,” Cr Atmaca said.

“Children are very creative, they have fantastic ideas, and last week we provided youngsters with pencils and paper so that they could draw us a picture of the playspace attributes which excite them.

“I’m confident we will be able to incorporate many of the suggestions as we design a really special place for families from right across Hume.”

Council undertook the school sessions with representatives from Touched by Olivia, a charitable foundation which works with communities across Australia to create playspaces that everyone can enjoy.

The CEO of Touched by Olivia, Rebecca Ho, said she was excited to receive proposals from Craigieburn’s school students.

“The children came up with ideas that demonstrate empathy and creativity, and we look forward to bringing this project to life,” Ms Ho said.

Cr Atmaca said the Craigieburn Park playspace would help to demonstrate the true character of the Hume community.

“Hume has a big heart, and this distinctive park will enable every child to experience the joy of play, creativity and freedom,” he said.

“It will show that children who have special needs can live life to the full, and the diversity in our community is something to be celebrated.

“This inclusive playspace will not only help our children to be healthy, it will also give many youngsters an enormous amount of happiness.”

Hume City Council will design and build the inclusive playspace with Touched by Olivia, which John and Justine Perkins founded after they sadly lost their baby daughter, Olivia, to lymphangioma at just eight months of age.

The organisation has worked with communities from across Australia to develop areas for play aimed at all children.

Cr Atmaca said the inclusive playspace would be a major attraction at Craigieburn Park.

“We’ll situate this fun site in the centre of the 12.14 hectare park, and I’m sure it will be loved by generations of Hume children,” he said.

“Craigieburn’s population has more than doubled since 2006 and it is expected to rise by almost 50 per cent between now and 2036, and Hume City Council is working hard to provide the community with great facilities.”

In addition to the playspace, Craigieburn Park will accommodate the Craigieburn Regional Aquatic and Leisure Centre, an athletics facility, parklands and car parking.

The site is centrally located to the north of Craigieburn Central Shopping Centre, bounded by Aitken Boulevard, Marathon Boulevard, Central Park Avenue and Windrock Avenue.

People can complete a survey on what they would like to see in the inclusive playspace at www.surveymonkey.com/s/craigieburnpark

Further information about Craigieburn Park is here, and for details on Touched by Olivia, visit www.touchedbyolivia.com.au


Updated : 9:03 AM, 4 June 2015

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