Residents and visitors to the Hastings received an early Christmas gift when Livvi’s Place was officially opened today (Tuesday 2nd December). Livvi’s Place, an all-abilities playground at Westport Park in Port Macquarie, is the result of over two years of hard work and a joint project between Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, national charity Touched by Olivia and the local community.
Incorporating a carousel, water play, tree house, nature play and new swings the space has been designed to encourage people of all ages and abilities to enjoy the fun of play.
Speaking to the crowd of over 150 children and community members gathered at the opening, Mayor Peter Besseling said the play space was a truly collaborative project.
"While Council have been able to contribute significant financial and staff resources to this project what makes it so special is the involvement of the community and the Touched By Olivia Foundation throughout the whole process, from designing the space to painting and planting.
“Livvi’s Place removes barriers, improves health and happiness and most importantly, allows all children no matter what their ability, to have fun which is a great outcome,” said Mayor Besseling.
Touched by Olivia Executive Officer Bec Ho said that she was delighted to be part of such a special project.
“In the lead-up to International Day of People with Disability we are thrilled to celebrate at such a beautiful spot with a great community. It’s an honour to have been able to help create Livvi’s Place with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and the community over the past few years.”
Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation Executive Officer Jason Bourke said the Port Macquarie community should be proud to be leading the way for inclusive play spaces in regional NSW.
“Livvi’s Place is truly a community project and we congratulate everyone involved particularly the group of passionate and dedicated volunteers who have worked together to create such a special playground facility unique to the Mid North Coast.”
Council have contributed around $130,000 towards replacement of the old playground equipment and obtained an additional $50,000 in funding through the NSW Sport and Recreation Infrastructure Program. The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation also donated $50,000 towards the project.