Karrinyup Primary nature play project gets grant of $20,900

Melita Markey and Alannah MacTiernan with local kids Beth Dragicevich, Madisen Markey, Ethan Merrimen and Ryan Merrimen at Karrinyup Primary School nature play space.
Melita Markey and Alannah MacTiernan with local kids Beth Dragicevich, Madisen Markey, Ethan Merrimen and Ryan Merrimen at Karrinyup Primary School nature play space.

KARRINYUP Primary School’s nature play spaces initiative is among more than a hundred community projects in WA to share $7.75 million from the State Government as announced yesterday.

The Community Stewardship Grants will support 111 community projects in WA designed to preserve the state’s flora and fauna, with Karrinyup Primary school receiving $20,900 for their nature play spaces initiative.

Nature play is a specialised natural playground with opportunities for children to experience ‘bush tucker’, connect with the indigenous heritage and education on risks of outdoor play.

Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said they were seeing an increase of urban children having no real connection with the bush.

“Good on the primary school for identifying this as an issue,” she said.

“While a lot of the projects are across the State, what really excited us is the focus on kids understanding and engaging with the bush.”

Labor candidate for Stirling Melita Markey said the community could become involved in the initiative.

“We can have the parents themselves connecting with the nature,” she said.

Ms MacTiernan said the nature play spaces initiative also provided building blocks for children to learn risk assessments.

“We don’t actually protect children by swaddling them in cotton wool and not getting them to judge risks,” she said.