Educators drive nature play space for children in regional South Australia
A group of early childhood educators, working under the banner “Voice of the Children”, have spearheaded the development of the Domain Nature Play and multipurpose play facility in Millicent, which was officially opened by local member Tony Pasin on Friday.
Federal Government Funding of $437,500 contributed to the council led project which also sought input from local schools and the wider community.
Mr Pasin said the opening marked an important day for the Millicent community and all those who had contributed to the master plan.
“This is a great example of a project that not only brings children and community together to enjoy the final outcome, but also the journey. It’s wonderful to see so much community cooperation involved in the design and construction of the playground,” Mr Pasin added.
A number of local businesses were engaged for the fabrication and installation of the slippery dip as well as the 270 tonnes of local rock. The space also showcases the work of local artists who created the carvings of native animals, as well as that of a local Indigenous group who were engaged to design a collective meeting place of reflection.
“I’m proud to have won this significant funding grant for the project for my local community and am proud to be seeing it through to fruition,” Mr Pasin said.
“It’s an extremely impressive playground and I have no doubt this will bring visitors from afar to visit Millicent,” he added.