A new inclusive play space opened in Sienna Wood on 3 December with the aim to reduce physical-access barriers and give people with disability equal opportunity to play, explore and socialise in their community.
Image caption: Shipwreck Park was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by (pictured left to right) Federal Member for Burt Hon. Matt Keogh MP, Stockland WA General Manager Col Dutton, Disability Services Minister Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Disability Services Board Member Melissa Northcott, Touch by Olivia Foundation Executive Officer Bec Ho, Member for Armadale Dr Tony Buti MLA, and City of Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones JP OAM.
The six-hectare Shipwreck Park, which includes a 30-metre nautical-themed playground, was developed as part of the wider Sienna Wood project being delivered in partnership between the Department of Communities (Housing) and Stockland.
Wheelchair ramps, viewing platforms, an all-abilities flying fox, harnessed swings, sensory elements and in-ground trampolines are just some of the features that have made the park accessible to people with disability, thanks to the help of the Touched by Olivia Foundation – a charity that assists organisations to create inclusive play spaces.
Disability Services Minister Stephen Dawson officially announced and celebrated the park’s opening with community members on the International Day of People with Disability, coinciding with the first day of Disability Awareness Week.
Minister Dawson said the opening was a timely reminder of the importance of creating inclusive and accessible communities, and encouraged everyone to take a lead in helping to build a welcoming Western Australia.
“Together, we must ensure that people with disability are provided the same opportunities to reach their potential, pursue their dreams and live the life they choose,” he said.
More inclusive events being held this December are listed on the events section of this website and the International Day of People with Disability website.