Town’s wa­ter spray ground wins award

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

Chil­dren in Ex­mouth not only have a fun way to cool off, but they’re also get­ting a great ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence into the bar­gain, as has been high­lighted by a Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Chil­dren’s En­vi­ron­ment and Health Award.

The town’s wa­ter spray ground won the Stim­u­lat­ing Learn­ing En­vi­ron­ment cat­e­gory of the awards an­nounced at a cer­e­mony in Perth on De­cem­ber 8.

Shire of Ex­mouth ex­ec­u­tive man­ager health and build­ings Rob Man­ning said the award high­lighted the wa­ter spray ground as a com­mend­able strat­egy to en­gage chil­dren to ac­tively learn through play while be­ing phys­i­cally ac­tive.

“It’s good to have the wa­ter spray ground of­fi­cially recog­nised as de­liv­er­ing one of the out­comes that we set out to de­liver,” he said.

Mr Man­ning said the wa­ter spray ground was de­signed fol­low­ing ex­ten­sive com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion and work­ing with the brief that it had to rep­re­sent Ex­mouth and the North West Cape.

“Specif­i­cally we didn’t want any el­e­ments ‘off the shelf ’ and it had to be Ex­mouth-themed,” he said. The de­sign in­cludes el­e­ments from the North West Cape Range to Nin­ga­loo Reef, as well as the area’s cul­tural her­itage.

Pic­ture: Bran­wen Smith

Fam­i­lies enjoy both the fun and ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence of Ex­mouth’s award-win­ning wa­ter spray ground.

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