All- abilities playground a priority for the city
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.’’