The Bega Valley Shire community is being encouraged to comment on an inclusive playspace earmarked for Ford Park which is being developed by Bega Valley Shire Council in partnership with the Touched by Olivia Foundation and Merimbula Rotary.
Council’s acting group manager for community and relationships, Simon Schweitzer, said: “This project and partnership represents a great opportunity to build on an idea brought to council by Rotary, which will benefit not just people with disabilities but the whole community.
The Rotary Club of Merimbula has championed the project, raising over $50,000 towards design, equipment and construction costs and work is already underway with Rotary commencing planting and pathway construction to complement the playspace.
Mr Schweitzer said: “The next stage is to discuss the playspace design, and we’re keen to hear from the community at a stakeholder meeting in October.
“World-leading playground designer, Fionna Robbe will be at the meeting, so we encourage any person interested in forming this inclusive playspace to attend,” Mr Schweitzer said.
Executive Officer of the Touched by Olivia Foundation, Bec Ho, said the inclusive playspace was something the national charity had looked forward to developing for some time.
“We’ve had great support in raising the funds to develop the playspace but out of a $300,000 project goal we still need to raise $100,000 to get the project up and running.
“Should anyone wish to donate cash, time, skills or materials, or if they wish to sponsor a piece of equipment, please get in touch. Call me, Bec Ho, on 0414 506 606.”
A stakeholder meeting with Fiona Robbe will be held at Merimbula’s Club Sapphire on Wednesday, October 9 from 7.30-9pm.
For more information please contact Donna Campbell on 0457 713 941 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are unable to attend but would like to have your say, please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MJX7PW3 and complete the short survey.