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Tathra's new-look Lot Stafford inclusive playground is opened

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Tathra’s much-anticipated community-designed Lot Stafford inclusive play space was opened Saturday, - only the fifth inclusive playground to be opened in NSW.

The $690,000 playground was funded by the NSW Government and opened by Member for Bega Andrew Constance.

Mr Constance said he was delighted to open the playground.

“Imagine being able to give the gift of play – I’m delighted to be here today to share this wonderful moment with my community,” Mr Constance said.

“After all the months of hard work everyone has put into this playground, it’s great to see our community’s shared vision finally come to life.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the play space namesake, Mr Lot Stafford and his family.

“Mr Stafford was all about community, bringing people together and having fun, I know that this new park will provide all those things for the many years to come and look forward to seeing the enjoyment it will bring to the lives of many,” Mr Constance said.

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Welcoming the opening of the new playground, Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council, Kristy McBain, said the local Council was pleased to have worked so closely with the NSW Government on the project.

“I can’t help smiling when I think of all the fun local families will have in this park,” Ms McBain said.

“This fantastic space will give kids of all ages and abilities hours of playtime to swing, fly, spin, climb, balance and bounce, and it provides a fantastic new and safe location for the community to come together.”

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s Commissioner for Open Space and Parklands Fiona Morrison said Tathra’s new playground is a shining example of how Everyone Can Play is delivering high quality spaces where everyone belongs.

“This play space was designed using the Everyone Can Play guideline which is assisting local councils, architects and designers to make inclusive play the norm in NSW,” Ms Morrison said.

It is the fifth new inclusive playground to open across the state, with more than 30 in the pipeline to be delivered in conjunction with local councils.

The NSW Government recently provided nearly $4 million in funding to 30 councils across NSW and the 2019-20 NSW Budget has also committed $19.2 million over four years for the creation and upgrade of inclusive play spaces that everyone will be able to enjoy.