2 August 2019
Work on Gunnedah’s Livvi’s Place Inclusive Playground will soon be underway, with contractor Daracon expected to take possession of the site early next week. The existing park will be decommissioned and the first sod will be turned at a ceremony on Friday, 16th of August 2019 at 11:00am at the Wolseley Park site.
The idea for Livvi’s Place began when Gunnedah mum Ashley Bender campaigned for an inclusive playground by presenting a petition with more than 300 signatures to council.
Gunnedah Shire Council formed a partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation in 2013. Touched by Olivia has partnered with developers, other businesses and recently with Variety, the Children’s Charity, to create more than 24 inclusive playspaces across Australia.
The playground has been made possible by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, a large community contribution and Gunnedah Shire Council and will include a treehouse tower, a sensory garden walk, a flying fox and a specially-designed swing.
“Construction is expected to be completed in late December – so the park will be a great Christmas present for the community and the working group who have worked to realise this amazing project,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Chief Engineer Dan Noble said.
“The site is being accessed through the carpark on Tempest St and impact on traffic is expected to be minimal” Mr Noble concluded.
There are a number of alternatives for people wanting to visit a playground including the new play equipment at Donnelly Fields, the park located on the northern side of Wolseley Park and the playground at Lions Park.
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