Minister for Community Services Simone McGurk MLA has officially presented a $1.3m Lotterywest grant to the City of Swan for its New Junction Project.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey accepted the grant certificate this morning at a meeting on site.
“This generous support from Lotterywest will go towards important facilities for our young generations to enjoy, including an outdoor youth space and children’s play area,” he said.
“The City is grateful for the WA Government’s support of the New Junction project, which will revitalise Midland’s CBD with a diverse range of residential and business development together with outstanding new public and community spaces.”
In June, the City also accepted a $1 million contribution from the Stefanelli family towards a new children’s playground in the New Junction precinct.
Minister McGurk said the WA Government, through Lotterywest, is proud to support community projects like New Junction, helping to build a better WA together.
“It’s so important that children and young people have places in their community where they can connect and engage in creative play and physical activity.
“While we have always known the value of community spaces, there is a growing body of scientific evidence indicating just how crucial physical activity is in the early years for a child’s learning, development and wellbeing.
“This grant also recognises the importance of families having places to connect and come together in their local communities.”
The Lotterywest funding is for infrastructure and equipment for the outdoor youth space and children’s play area, across both stage one and two of the public open space construction.
Stage one is currently under construction and includes a grassed kick about area and a dedicated youth zone including shade sails, a climbing wall, basketball goals, public art and landscaping.
Stage two is scheduled to commence construction in 2020-21, and will complete the play area with cubby houses, a slide tower, wetland play area, climbing equipment and toddler’s corral.
The play area will reflect elements of the classic Australian backyard – a place to tell stories, catch up with friends and play.
The draft concept is based on the habitats of 11 insects unique to Western Australia, and designed to inspire play, discovery and curiosity.
The design has recently been refined through a community consultation process.
The wider public open space is designed to support and encourage community events and family gatherings through the inclusion of seating, lighting, a small grandstand and public amenities.