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Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Awards

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Winners Announced!

Once again Kidsafe (Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia) has found the most innovative best practice playspaces that inspire children and encourage them to join in healthy play. The Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Awards, announced on National Kidsafe Day (23rdOctober), demonstrate what can be achieved in public places, schools and children’s services. These Awards recognise excellence and innovation in providing safe, creative playspaces for children across Australia.

Those wondering what makes an award winning playspace would appreciate its attention to detail as well as safety standards that still let children take a few risks and enjoy exciting challenges. They offer a wide range of play activities such as climbing, balancing and pretend play so that kids of all ages and abilities feel included and comfortable to stay for a while. Many include natural features like native plantings to attract local wildlife, or boulders and timber structures to climb. People may be surprised to find that children themselves often direct the design of their play spaces by being consulted and engaged in the design and construction process, leading to genuine child friendly spaces.

The entries are judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts from Kidsafe, children’s services, education, engineering, injury prevention, design and local government. The judges were looking for quality, safety, fun factor and evidence that playspace providers had consulted with children. Theycommented on the outstanding quality of this year’s entries and reported that the high standard of playspaces developed right around the nation was very impressive.

The results are as follows:


Children’s Services

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WINNER

Bubup Wilam Centre for Early Learning, Thomastown Vic

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Inaburra Preschool, Bangor NSW

HIGHLY COMMENDED

St Linus’ Anglican Kindergarten Playspace and Community Gathering Space, Merlynston Vic


Schools

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 WINNER

Parklands Grass Hill Playground, Albany WA

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Burton Primary School and Preschool, SA

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jacaranda Hideaway, Hunters Hill Primary School, NSW


Innovative Design Elements

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WINNER

Toxteth Kindergarten: Natural Enchanted Forest, Annandale NSW

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Interactive Mural, Livvi’s Place, Five Dock NSW

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Playground Mulch Trial NSW


Public Playspaces – Up to $500 000

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WINNER

Kookaburra Playground, Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside NSW

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Wombat Waterhole, Hazelwood Park SA

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bald Hill Playspace, Clarinda Vic


Public Playspaces – $500 000 - $1M

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WINNER

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Playspace Vic

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, Vic


Public Playspaces – Over $1M

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WINNER

Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour NSW

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Yokine Playground, Yokine WA  


 

For further information please contact:

Kidsafe NSW
02 9845 0890
kidsafe@chw.edu.au