Cash for new play­ground

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

It was smiles all round at Frank Konecny Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Kwinana on Tues­day last week as mem­bers from Kwinana Lions Club dropped in to make a kind do­na­tion to­wards a key project the cen­tre is work­ing on.

Kwinana Lions Club pres­i­dent Trudy An­drea was joined by club sec­re­tary Dave Nel­son to present a $500 cheque to cen­tre com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer Erin Sergeant.

The funds will be put to­wards a new chil­dren’s sen­sory play­ground the cen­tre is build­ing, which is ex­pected to open next month.

Ms Sergeant said the idea for a pur­pose-built sen­sory play­ground had come from par­ents within the com­mu­nity who were keen for more sim­i­lar fa­cil­i­ties.

“There over 3000 kids in the Brand elec­torate that have autis­tic and sen­sory is­sues,” Ms Sergeant said.

“There are also a large num- ber of chil­dren that are un­di­ag­nosed — it takes on av­er­age about two years to get a di­ag­no­sis be­cause you need three sep­a­rate med­i­cal pro­fes­sion­als to give the same opin­ion.”

The do­na­tion comes af­ter a bo­gan bingo night hosted by Ur­ban Habi­tat Real Es­tate in Kwinana raised $2000 and Kwinana MLA Roger Cook’s $10,000 elec­tion com­mit­ment un­der the Lo­cal Jobs Lo­cal Projects fund­ing pro­gram.

Kwinana Lions Club sec­re­tary Dave Nel­son said the club, which is in its 50th year, was proud to sup­port the cen­tre in its bid to de­velop the play­ground.

“The Lions Club of Kwinana looks at sup­port­ing all or­gan­i­sa­tions it can within the area,” Mr Nel­son said.

“This is a worth­while project we are pre­pared to sup­port to the best of our abil­ity.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cen­tre or to help its cam­paign to build the sen­sory play­ground, con­tact 9439 2470 or visit

Picture: Ai­den Boy­ham

Kwinana Lions Club sec­re­tary Dave Nel­son and club pres­i­dent Trudy An­drea with Frank Konecny Com­mu­nity Cen­tre com­mu­nity li­ai­son of­fi­cer Erin Sergeant.

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