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Playspace Design Awards 2012

Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Awards

Once again Kidsafe (Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia) has found the most innovative best practice playspaces that inspire children and encourage them to join in healthy play. Their 2012 National Playspace Design Awards, announced on Kidsafe Day (23rd October 2012), show what designers and builders can achieve in public places, schools and child care centres. These Awards recognise excellence and innovation in providing safe, creative playspaces for kids across Australia.

 

Parents wondering what makes an award winning playspace would appreciate its attention to detail as well as safety standards that still let kids take a few risks and enjoy exciting challenges. They offer a wide range of play activities such as climbing, balancing and pretend play so that kids of all ages and abilities feel included and comfortable to stay for a while. Many include natural features like native plantings to attract local wildlife, or boulders and timber structures to climb. People may be surprised to find that children themselves often direct the design of their play spaces by being consulted and engaged in the design and construction process, leading to genuine child friendly spaces.

The entries are judged by a multi-disciplinary panel of experts from Kidsafe, children’s services, education, engineering, injury prevention, design and local government. The judges were looking for quality, safety, fun factor and evidence that playspace providers had consulted with children. They commented on the outstanding quality of this year’s entries and reported that the high standard of playspaces developed right around the nation was very impressive. Five awards were made to entrants from Victoria with excellent representation from country and outer suburban areas.

Because of this success, Victorians can see for themselves three outstanding playspaces, one in Castlemaine, one in Yarra Glen and one in Clarinda. The Winner of the category, Public Playspaces - $500,000 to $1m was Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Playspace. This major project for the Mount Alexander Shire Council was entered by Katherine Masiulanis of Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd. The Highly Commended Award for this same category went to the Yarra Glen Adventure Playground. This was entered by Rob Hamilton for the Yarra Ranges City Council. In the category of Public Playspaces - up to $500,000, a Highly Commended Award went to Jason Isaks of Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd for the excellent work on the Bald Hill Playspace in Clarinda.

The Winner of the Children’s Services category was Bubup Wilam Centre for Early Learning in Thomastown, an inspiring project entered by Andrew Brophy of Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd. A Highly Commended Award in this category went to St Linus’ Anglican Kindergarten for its Playspace and Community Gathering Space in Merlynston. This inspiring work was entered by Clare Johnston of St Linus’ Kindergarten.

Parents and carers might like to visit the three winning public playspaces so they can see for themselves the latest examples of creative ways to encourage safe, happy and healthy play in children. Perhaps they might take home some ideas for keeping the kids amused in their own backyards or in local parks and at school. The kids will definitely want to get in and experience these winning play areas for themselves and Kidsafe will continue to help kids stay happy, healthy, injury-free and ready for the next creative challenge.

 

KIDSAFE 2012 NATIONAL PLAYSPACE DESIGN AWARDS WINNERS AND COMMENDATIONS

 

Children’s Services

WINNER

Bubup Wilam Centre for Early Learning, Thomastown Vic – Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Inaburra Preschool, Bangor NSW – Inaburra Preschool

HIGHLY COMMENDED

St Linus’ Anglican Kindergarten Playspace and Community Gathering Space, Merlynston Vic – St Linus’ Anglican Kindergarten

Schools

WINNER

Parklands Grass Hill Playground, Albany WA – Parklands School

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Burton Primary School and Preschool, SA - DesignWELL Landscape Architects and OUTHOUSE Design 

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Jacaranda Hideaway, Hunters Hill Primary School, NSW – Urban Landscape Projects PTY LTD

Innovative Design Elements

WINNER

Toxteth Kindergarten: Natural Enchanted Forest, Annandale NSW– OUTHOUSE Design

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Interactive Mural, Livvi’s Place, Five Dock NSW – EPIC Landscape Architecture

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Playground Mulch Trial NSW - Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects, Ozbreed Pty Ltd,

Hills Bark Blower®, Acoustoscan.

Public Playspaces – Up to $500 000

WINNER

Kookaburra Playground, Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside NSW– Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Wombat Waterhole, Hazelwood Park SA - WAX Design in association with Ric Mcconaghy

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bald Hill Playspace, Clarinda Vic - Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd

Public Playspaces – $500 000 - $1M

WINNER

Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Playspace Vic – Urban Initiatives Pty Ltd

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Yarra Glen Adventure Playground, Vic - Yarra Ranges Council

Public Playspaces – Over $1M

WINNER

Darling Quarter, Darling Harbour NSW – ASPECT Studios

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Yokine Playground, Yokine WA – City of Stirling

 

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