Devonport’s first public, all-inclusive playground was officially opened on Monday 30 November 2020 at the Devonport Bluff.
$42,160 was received from the Tasmanian Community Fund to install play equipment pieces designed to develop children’s physical, social, cognitive and sensory abilities. An additional $6,000 was contributed by the Rotaract Club of Central Coast and $4,000 from the Devonport Rotary Club. Council provided $45,000 towards the project.
The inclusive playground became a reality thanks to community members and organisations who approached Council requesting installation of all-abilities play equipment. After an assessment to determine the best location for the inclusive playground, the Bluff was chosen due to its high utilisation and existing accessible supporting infrastructure.
Mayor Rockliff said, “The Bluff playground has always been a popular spot for families to come together and the addition of inclusive play equipment will only enhance that experience.”
Consultation with key disability stakeholders such as the Association of Children with Disability (Tas), Devonfield Enterprises and the School of Special Education North-west, determined the most suitable equipment to be included in the playground – an all-inclusive carousel, tipi spinner with top brace and a hillside with a slide and tunnel.
Mayor Rockliff said the installation of this equipment will provide opportunities for children with and without disabilities to play, grow and learn together.
“The inclusive playground will provide a richer environment for children in the Mersey region, plus visitors to the coast, and offer a space that allows more people to actively participate and engage in the community.
I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the project, either through funding or through consultation, for helping to make it a reality.”