Willetton boy’s playground dreams moving forward thanks to council

Nat and Chad Cameron (9) of Willetton with Councillors Patrick Hall (left) and Ben Kunze from the City of Canning, holding the letters they received from Chad.
Picture: David Baylis.
Nat and Chad Cameron (9) of Willetton with Councillors Patrick Hall (left) and Ben Kunze from the City of Canning, holding the letters they received from Chad. Picture: David Baylis.

SIR Albert Jennings Park is set to receive a much overdue, brand new playground – all thanks to the passion of a nine-year-old boy.

Last year, Chad Cameron decided he wanted to improve local playground options in the area, particularly at Sir Albert Jennings Park.

He said he wanted to see some new play equipment that kids his age would be excited to use.

“When I was riding, I saw a park and decided it was a little bit boring and I wanted to change it and in October, I did some door-knocking,” he said.

The Orana Catholic Primary School student also went to his classmates, quizzed them on what sort of equipment they wanted and wrote to his ward councillors with his results.

Chad received a merit award from his school for his efforts and is now working with the City of Canning and ward councillors Ben Kunze and Patrick Hall to make his dreams a reality.

Cr Kunze said Chad should be very proud of his efforts and his desire to make his community a better place.

“It’s been really special for Cr Hall and I to be able to work with Chad to make the case to the City for a new playground, and we’re grateful to both staff and council for supporting him to improve his local park,” he said.

Cr Hall said the City needed to be continually thinking of innovative ways to enhance the area for the benefit of their young people.

“I genuinely hope Chad’s approach to the City through Cr Kunze and I, and the fantastic outcome that has resulted from it, demonstrates the opinions of all of our residents is valued, regardless of age,” he said.