THE City of Bayswater has been commended at the 2018 Children’s Environment and Health Local Government Policy Awards for its Russell Street Park project in Morley – less than four months since it opened.
Local Government Minister David Templeman presented the City with the Environments Promoting Physical Activity award at a ceremony hosted by the Public Health Advocacy Institute of WA (PHAIWA) at Curtin University on August 2.
Local governments were scored through a report card process, which included policy, program quality, program involvement of schools, urban planning and health services.
Lotterywest funded $87,000 and the Department of Biodiversity, Attractions and Conservation contributed $50,000 towards the transformation of the former disused drainage site into a ninja-warrior style obstacle course and conversion of two stormwater drains into living streams.
The area, owned by the Water Corporation, also has shaded parkland and a mural painted by John Forrest Secondary College.
Mayor Dan Bull said the project was a testament to what could be achieved when organisations worked together to deliver a positive outcome for the community.
“Thanks to a grant from Lotterywest we were able to deliver a 10-station ninja-warrior style obstacle course, which has proven very popular with both the young and the young-at-heart,” he said.
PHAIWA director Melissa Stoneham said the local government sector played a key role in promoting positive change and creating healthy opportunities for children.