Shoalhaven City Council joined the community on Friday, 8 December 2017 for the official opening of Livvi’s Place Mollymook Reserve, the first fully inclusive playground in the region that caters for all people, including children living with disability, families and carers.
Mayor Amanda Findley said she was incredibly proud of the design and collaboration that has been undertaken to achieve this standard of park within the Shoalhaven.
“Livvi’s Place offers a park where everyone can have access to swinging, sliding, climbing and spinning regardless of their abilities,” Clr Amanda Findley said.
“This is not just a great place to play, but a place to encourage the development of social skills, for families to meet, a place to learn and discover.
“A well-designed park is one that encourages the whole community to come together. Many of the already existing features of the playground have been enhanced including the Liberty Swing which has a safety MLAK Key available from the local newsagency across the road to ensure children in a wheelchair can access the swing easily and securely.”
The playground is unique as it also acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land, the Murramurang people by showcasing dreamtime story poles that have been placed throughout the playground. The poles are a way for all children of all cultural backgrounds to connect with pride to a small part of the Murramarang people’s tradition. Story telling is a special part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's culture as it explains the creation of all things, why things happen, where to go and not to go, how to find food, cultural practices, laws, history, family, associations, tribal boundaries and the relationships with every living creature and feature of land, sea and air. Like traditional Australian languages, cultural stories belong to specific Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Permission to tell these stories can only be given by the custodians of these stories making the poles a place of respect and learning.
Each bollard is unique painted by the Ulladulla Land Council and have an interpretive sign so that the whole community can enjoy them.”
“The collaboration that Council has undertaken with not only the Touched by Olivia Foundation but so many individuals, community groups and local businesses have shown how a community can come together to build and support this beautiful park that everyone can be proud of.”
The Council built project includes new seating, sand and water play area, king size game board, new swing set, a pirate ship, inground trampoline feature, slides, cubby spaces and the changing places amenities facility.
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- There are 326 parks in the Shoalhaven
- 1 in 5 Australians have a disability
- 5.6% of the Shoalhaven population receive a disability support pension
- The Shoalhaven City Council Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 provides a four-year framework for improving access and inclusion across the Shoalhaven.