A FUNDRAISING event has raised $500 for an inclusive play space at Whiteman Park to be known as Pia’s Place.
East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher hosted a Sconetober morning tea in support of the Touched by Olivia Foundation.
Mrs Faragher said all children love to play and for some time she had been a supporter of the creation of Pia’s Place at Whiteman Park.
“Driven by the Rudd family in memory of their baby, Pia Maeve, Pia’s Place is part of Touched by Olivia’s network of inclusive play spaces with support from the Lions Club of Noranda and Whiteman Park,’’ she said.
“It will be a playground for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.’’
She said the proposed design of the playground, which would be adjacent to the Mussel Pool East tram stop, would incorporate nature-based play and customised equipment and would allow children and adults irrespective of ability to play together.
It would also help build children’s resilience, imagination and creativity.
Some of its features will include a polished concrete slide, cubby spaces, an accessible pogo swing and basket track ride, a lighthouse, rainbow poles and a Playspace App to promote inclusion.
Over the years, Pia’s Place has received direct and in-kind funding commitments in support of the proposed playground and during October, Touched by Olivia sought more funds through a community fundraising initiative known as Sconetober.
Pia’s Place has a transport theme to honour Whiteman Park’s transport heritage.
More support for the project is needed.
For more information about Pia’s Place visit http://touchedbyolivia.com.au/western-aus tralia/piasplace