New flying fox for All Abilities Playground  

Article image - New flying fox for All Abilities Playground   9 year old Will Emerton enjoys the flying fox with some help from his mum A new addition to the popular Kurrawa All Abilities Playground in Broadbeach will give children even more opportunity for inclusive play.

Gold Coast City Council and the Inner Wheel Club of Broadbeach, which donated $3000 to the total project cost of $8200, jointly funded the new flying fox.

Opened in December 2010, the All Abilities Playground incorporates sensory, motor, imaginative and educational aspects of play and is designed to let children with disabilities play outdoors and side-by-side with friends and siblings.

Councillor Bob La Castra, Chair of Community and Cultural Development, said he was grateful for the generosity of the Inner Wheel Club of Broadbeach.
“We thank all the club members involved for their wonderful fundraising efforts in helping to make this possible,” he said.

President of the Inner Wheel Club of Broadbeach Phia Damsma said the flying fox, with its Universal Design seat providing side and back support and a harness to hold a child, was an excellent addition to the playground.

“This piece of equipment will give children with disabilities the exhilarating experience of a flying fox, which until now, they have often missed out on.”

The playground provides access for all children to experience fun, interactive and challenging play, while their families and carers watch over them in an enjoyable and relaxing environment.

Stage One of the All Abilities Playground won the State prize in the 2011 Inclusive Community Champion Awards, coordinated by the Spinal Injuries Association.