Children love playgrounds, where they have fun and make friends but we seldom stop to think about how children with a disability get to share in the fun.
This Sunday was International Day of People with Disability and I joined in the opening of the the new ShipwreckPark inclusive playground in the new Sienna Wood estate.
As an inclusive playground, the developer Stockland has designed the Shipwreck Park to ensure that irrespective of physical, mental or other disability, all children and their families can join in the fun of play.
City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones AM and Dr Tony Buti MLA, Member for Armadale, joined me for the ribbon cutting, along with Bec Ho, Executive Officer of the Touched by Olivia Foundation, Count me In Ambassador Melissa Northcott and representatives from Stockland, the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority and hundreds of Burt locals.
The Touched by Olivia Foundation helps build playgrounds all across Australia to help people with disabilities lead healthier and happier lives. The foundation advocates for an inclusive society, through its national network of inclusive play spaces and social enterprises, which provide training and employment for people with disabilities.
I encourage everyone to take advantage of our summer weather and head down to Hilbert to check out and enjoy this magnificent community playground.