All- abil­i­ties play­ground a pri­or­ity for the city

Townsville Bulletin - - News - Natalie Wynne

A TOWNSVILLE City coun­cil­lor has urged de­vel­op­ment com­pa­nies to think of chil­dren w i t h s p e c i a l n e e d s when it came to play­ground de­vel­op­ment.

Co u n c i l l o r De a n n e Bell has told coun­cil the $ 40 mil­lion Jezzine Barr acks r ede­vel­op­ment was the per­fect place to b u i l d a s e c o n d a l l - abil­i­ties play­ground for the city.

Cr Bell said there was only one such playg r o u n d – t h e a l l - a b i l i t i e s f a c i l i t y a t River­way – in Townsville and that was un­ac­cept­able.

‘‘ You want to be able to take the whole fam­ily and not be like, ‘ well you sit over there while the rest of the chil­dren play’,’’ she said.

‘‘ It’s a mat­ter of mak­ing things avail­able if pos­si­ble.’’

C r B e l l s a i d t h e s p e c i a l p l a y g r o u n d s were ex­pen­sive.

‘‘ I mean it’s not like there would be thou­sands of chil­dren that would use it but we should still pro­vide for those who would,’’ she said.

‘‘ They’re very ex­pen­sive to de­velop ini­tially be­cause there are cer­tain types of ma­te­ri­als that have to be used.

‘‘ At the end of the day you will see more and more of t hese pl ay­grounds pop up as more ar­eas are de­vel­oped be­cause it has be­come a more i nclusive com­mu­nity and there is aware­ness and that’s the big thing.’’

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