Wakefield Regional Council

New playground to make sound waves

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26 February 2018

Get ready Wakefield for a very exciting project

Imagine dancing on a giant xylophone! A music-themed nature playground has been given the go ahead after the South Australian Government this week announced $63,500 from its Open Spaces Program towards the “dream project”.

Wakefield Regional Council will match funding for the ‘Sounds from the Ground’ project which offers a blend of nature inspired musical play equipment and allows children under five to express their creativity through music and play.

A central play space for younger years is something Balaklava-based community group Our Community Our Children has driven in partnership with Wakefield Regional Council.

Research through the Australian Early Development Census outlined a real need for some assets in Wakefield to be devoted to early childhood development because children under five in regional areas are often without these facilities, which are important in encouraging creativity and cognitive thinking.

Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid said both Council and Our Community Our Children had been disappointed when the project was not sponsored in last year’s Fund my Neighbourhood scheme.

“In response to the setback, Council was determined to seek support through other avenues,” Mayor Reid said.

“With the support of the Government, Sounds from the Ground will encourage our community to be active, promote walkable neighbourhoods and establish a multi-functional space where people can socialise and connect.”

Mayor Reid welcomed the State’s contribution towards the exciting project.

“This is a dream project that will undoubtedly be embraced by the community, as our region has a strong connection to its music, creativity and culture, and celebrates it through events like The Eisteddfod, which is held in Balaklava each year.

“The project plan is still in progress but Council looks forward to seeing the project take shape over the coming 12 months.”