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Government and Variety build special Bunbury playground
21/02/2000 2:42 PM
The Western Australian Government today announced a joint initiative between LandCorp – the State Government’s land development agency – and the Variety Club of Western Australia to construct a playground at Jetty Baths Park in Bunbury.
Jetty Baths Park is part of the award-winning Marlston Hill Redevelopment Project, which has transformed 30 hectares of former industrial land into a cosmopolitan port village.
Lands Minister Doug Shave announced the project which will draw on the Variety Club’s experience to design a playground suitable for both able-bodied children and children with disabilities.
“I’m delighted to announce this partnership between the State Government and the Variety Club of Western Australia,” Mr Shave said.
“These kinds of forward-looking partnerships have a vital role to play in the development of Bunbury.
“This project brings together the Variety Club’s extensive understanding of the needs of children of all abilities with LandCorp’s expertise in project management.
“The outcome will be a playground tailor-made to the needs of the children of Bunbury, whatever their abilities.”
Mr Shave commended the support of local MPs Ian Osborne and Dan Sullivan for the park and the wider Marlston Hill development.
“Mr Osborne and Mr Sullivan have played key roles in obtaining the Government’s ongoing commitment to this project which is a showpiece of regional development planning,” the Minister said.
Besides traditional equipment, the playground will incorporate a range of sensory elements to enable children to enjoy the playground using sight, sound and touch.
The Variety Club has been involved in the development of a number of playgrounds, including the ‘Variety Special Playground’ at Perth Zoo which won the 1997 Premier’s Award for WA Civic Design.
“The Variety Club of Western Australia is delighted to be working with LandCorp on this important project for the children of Bunbury,” said Michael Bain, who is chairman of Variety Club of Western Australia.
“Our experience has shown that with careful planning we can create a playground which does not exclude any child on the grounds of ability - a playground which will truly be for the benefit of all children in Bunbury.”
Concept plans for the playground are being drawn up. Construction will take place during autumn and winter and the playground is scheduled to be completed before the City of Bunbury’s 21st anniversary of City status on October 8 this year.
Media contact: John Clune 9213 6500