Kidsafe NSW Inc. Newsletter
November 2013
21 Nov 2013

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Drop Testing – Is your playground surfacing up to standard ?

Kidsafe NSW regularly receives enquiries from playground owners regarding playground surfacing and how to determine if their surfacing is compliant with the Australian Standard. Often these enquiries have resulted because the playground owner has been asked to produce test results, certificates of compliance, has purchased new equipment, or has taken over ownership/management of an existing playground. 


Safe Plants for Playspaces

Playspaces are often one of few places where children have access to the natural environment. It is important for designers and playspace providers to include natural elements, such as a rich variety of plantings and play features. When choosing plants seek expert advice to ensure that children’s access to the natural environment and gardening is safe, engaging and supports their development.

When planning spaces for children, risk management must be approached with an understanding of how children explore, manipulate and learn about their environments. Children’s exploration will involve the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. Don’t you remember making, admiring, smelling and tasting your first mud pies? 

Banksia spinulosa Coastal Candles—low level plant grows to 1m high. Interesting flowers with spikes of colour variations of gold
Banksia spinulosa Coastal Candles—low level plant grows to 1m high. Interesting flowers with spikes of colour variations of gold
Hebe x franciscana ‘Blue Gem’—low  level shrub; violet blue flowers from summer to winter. Good for low level hedges.
Hebe x franciscana ‘Blue Gem’—low level shrub; violet blue flowers from summer to winter. Good for low level hedges.
Westringia fruticosa Coastal             Rosemary—excellent screen/hedge with white flowers throughout the year. Native.
Westringia fruticosa Coastal Rosemary—excellent screen/hedge with white flowers throughout the year. Native.

Trampoline safety it's flippin' important

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has teamed up with Olympian trampolinist Blake Gaudry, Kidsafe and state consumer affairs agencies to help keep kids safe on trampolines.

Trampolines can put children at risk of serious injury, particularly when used inappropriately. At least eight children per day are injured on trampolines in Australia. The ACCC is urging parents and carers to follow a safety checklist so this activity can be enjoyed injury-free. 


Playspace Pick- Blacktown Showground Precinct

Blacktown Showground Precinct (Francis Park)

No longer a boring space, the renovated site at Francis Park hosts an amazing variety of features sure to entice visitors of all ages and from neighbouring districts. With plenty of picnic and barbecue areas and a café, this playspace is one of the few that accommodates all and is suitable for a quick visit or to spend the whole day!

The water play area includes an array of ground sprays, splash blasters, team blasters, and other fun items which will ensure you get soaked! The playgrounds are designed to cater to and provide challenge for all ages and abilities. There are a variety of swings, slides, balance items, flying fox and more! Something for the young and young at heart to enjoy! 


Important Information


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