What is the purpose of this Study?
Council is preparing an Inclusive Play Study for Waverley local government area and is seeking community feedback on how we can improve equitable distribution of inclusive play spaces across Waverley Local Government Area (LGA).
Why is Council preparing this Study?
How does Council’s Study relate to the State Government's Everyone Can Play guidelines?
How does this study relate to the Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) Strategy?
The DIAP was a collaboration between Waverley and Randwick Councils to develop a joint regional framework to ensure a consistent approach to disability planning across the Eastern Suburbs. The DIAP commits to improved access to Council facilities, venues, parks and beaches through the application of Australian Access and Mobility Standards, and Universal Design principles. The Inclusive Play Study will support this strategic direction by providing Council with planning and design guidance to prioritise inclusive play space development.
Why do we need to consider accessibility in play spaces?
An accessible play space enables people with a disability to reach, enter and use the play space.
Who really benefits from an inclusive playground?
How do I have my say?
How will my feedback be used?
Will there be other opportunities for me to contribute my feedback in the future?
Each year Council aims to upgrade two (2) play spaces. Each play space goes through a concept development and community consultation process before Council commits to a final design. Council invites community feedback through online surveys and Have Your Say days at the park. Local residents affected by the upgrade are invited to participate in this process.
If you would like to remain informed about play space upgrades in Waverley you can join our mailing list by registering on our Have Your Say website.
How does Council priorities play space upgrades?
To assist in prioritising playground upgrade works Council adopted the Play Space Strategy in 2014 following community consultation. This Play Space Strategy is a guide to how and when Council upgrades play spaces in the LGA. In addition to the Play Space Strategy, Council commissions an annual play space safety audit of all the playgrounds to ensure all they are safe and operational.
Each year Council officers make recommendations for play space upgrades, based on the Play Space Strategy and annual safety audits, for inclusions in the upcoming years Capital Works Program. These recommended works are then determined by the elected Councillors and projects are approved with a specified budget for the year.