February 22, 2019 by nswadmin

Playspaces will be more inclusive after the NSW Government released the new Everyone Can Play Guidelines and website this week.

Everyone Can Play was developed in collaboration with an advisory group including local government, landscape architecture, disability advocates, industry representatives, parents and educators and Variety – the Children’s Charity Head of Kids Support, Marisa Turcinskis.

‘We’re excited to see the official launch of the Everyone Can Play Guideline. It was a privilege to be part of the advisory group and help ensure everyone is included when creating playspaces.’

Minister for Planning and Housing, Anthony Roberts, said the guideline was developed to ensure everyone gets a chance to enjoy quality outdoor spaces.

‘The Everyone Can Play Guideline will help councils and designers create world-class playspaces that are inclusive for all people, regardless of age and ability,’ Mr Roberts said.

‘Play is such an important part of a child’s development. It shapes the way they interact with the world around them, enables them to learn new skills, make new friends and build self-confidence.’

The Guideline focuses on three questions that should be central when creating playspaces – Can I get there? Can I play? Can I stay? – and provides practical guidance for councils and designers to create playspaces that are inclusive to everyone, no matter their age or ability.

A Variety Livvi’s Place opened in Bankstown in September 2018, with additional play spaces in planning and construction in Taree, Glenfield, Blacktown and Young. Interested in having a Variety Livvi’s Place in your community? Find out how Variety can help.