Kidsafe Announces National Playground Awards

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Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia

MEDIA RELEASE: National Kidsafe Day - 26 October 2010  

For media enquiries contact:  Kay Lockhart Project Officer The Playground Advisory Unit

Kidsafe NSW Inc Mobile: 0412 382 637 or 0427 714 749 Phone: 02 9845 0893 or 02 9845

0899  for briefing on site at demonstration playground.  

Ron Smith Corporate Media Communications  Kidsafe 0417 329 201 

Street address:

Within the grounds of the Childrens' Hospital at Westmead (behind the visitors

carpark) Corner of Hawkesbury & Hainsworth Streets, Westmead NSW

‘Great Places to Play’

Kidsafe presents the winners of the  Kidsafe 2010 National

Playspace Design Awards

Across Australia, outdoor playspaces have been nominated for a Kidsafe award because they

are…… well ……one of the best places to play!  

If you are a child wanting to stretch your muscles and challenge your boundaries; or if you are

young at heart visit these brilliant, award winning playspaces.    

Long, long slides, giant swings, climbing rocks and boulders to jump off are some of the

features of the winning playspaces.  

Go for a safari in the jeep with the chimps; ride the dragon in the moat; play a tune on the

outdoor musical instruments; explore and play in the dry creek bed; or just relax in the gardens.    

Alternately, take a spin on the merry-go-round; admire incredible artwork; hide in the tee pees;

or dodge the water jets.    

Find yourself in the labyrinths; walk with the dinosaurs; and challenge your physical skills and

nerve on the net climbing structures.   

The Kidsafe 2010 National Playspace Design Awards recognise excellence and innovation in

the provision of safe, creative playspaces across Australia.  

The Awards showcase current playspace design and aim to promote inspirational, innovative

play facilities and encourage healthy participation in recreational activities for children.  

Creative, safe playspaces are a must for today’s ‘screen-focussed’ children to get them outside

and playing in the dirt.  

Playspace design is no longer focussed on selecting equipment from a catalogue. It

seeks to integrate the natural environment, educational opportunities, children’s input

and community and/or cultural aspects.    

The winners and those receiving a commendation were selected from over fifty excellent entries

received from across Australia. They are divided into categories based on the type of children’s

activities and their size. The winners are as follows:  

Children’s Services: WINNER  Safe and Challenging Playground, Battery Point Child Centre

(see attached Photo 1) Lady Gowrie Tasmania Highly Commended  St George Bank Child

Care Centre Landscape Works (image available on request) Sydney Organic Gardens Pty Ltd

  Public Playspaces - District Parks: WINNER  Pirrama Park, Pyrmont (ASPECT Studios in

collaboration with Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects Highly Commended  Brelsford Park,

Coffs Harbour (image available on request) Geolink Landscape Architects, Fiona Robbé

Landscape Architects and Coffs Harbour City Council Public Playspaces - Regional Parks:

WINNER  Safari Park, Western Plains Zoo Spackman Mossop Michaels Highly Commended 

Bathurst Adventure Park (image available on request) Bathurst City Council Highly

Commended  All Abilities Playground, Riverway (image available on request) Townsville City


Public Playspaces - Urban Precincts: WINNER  ‘The Backyard’, Rouse Hill Town Centre (see

attached Photo 4) Oculus Landscape Architecture Urban Design Pty Ltd

Innovative Design Elements: WINNER  Orphan School Creek Playground - Sandpit and

Cover (see attached Photo 5) Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects with Phillips Marler

Architects/Landscape Architects Highly Commended  Dharawal Dreaming - Traditional Artwork

( The Point Preschool Oyster Bay   

For further information visit the Kidsafe website at

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