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East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher hosted a Sconetober morning tea attended by Lions Club of Noranda members to raise money for an inclusive play space at Whiteman Park.

Sconetober money for Pia’s Place

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

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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