Three local primary schools get nature playgrounds

Year 2 Tranby Students Emily Warner and Declan Fearn-Wannan on the new playground.
Year 2 Tranby Students Emily Warner and Declan Fearn-Wannan on the new playground.

A PRE-ELECTION promise for nature playgrounds has become a reality for local schools Makybe Rise, Tranby College and Bertram Primary.

Baldivis MP Reece Whitby said the total cost of the playgrounds was $150,000 and said it was exciting to see the projects come to fruition.

“As dads, the Premier and I know the value of kids getting back to basics and using their own imagination and creativity to play,” he said.

“Nature play allows kids to return to simple old fashion fun. They are allowed to get dirty and take risks and that’s part of learning.

“A number of local schools and their parent bodies told me a long time ago that they were keen to build nature playgrounds, so I went to (Premier) Mark McGowan and asked him for support.

“It’s amazing to see those conversations finally come to fruition with the Premier coming to Tranby College in Baldivis to formally cut the ribbon to open their nature playground.

“They might be small things in the scheme of things, but they mean a lot to young kids who are developing and learning to cope in the world.

“I think they are fantastic and they will keep on helping kids to develop and learn for many years to come.”

Mr McGowan agreed, and said the playgrounds would help foster co-operation.

“Nature playgrounds not only encourage students to be outside and active, but it will be a space for them to develop their creativity and imagination,” he said.

“Students will learn to work together, share and manage risk in a safe and fun environment.”

Mr Whitby celebrated the completion of all three playgrounds with staff and students.

The project was part of the McGowan government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program.

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