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Sunday, 22 May 2022

Member for Western Metropolitan Bernie Finn MLC recently opened a new $1 million playscape at Brimbank Park in Keilor East.

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Mr Finn joined local children from Keilor Primary School whose art works have been installed in the playscape, to celebrate the official opening.

"It's wonderful to see how this beautiful area has been transformed into such an innovative and creative play space for children of all abilities and their families," he said.

"This space will no doubt be a popular drawcard for families in the Western suburbs and those beyond for many generations.

"The playscape has been designed especially to create opportunities for children of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs, and their families to connect with nature and to play, explore and socialise in the outdoors," he said.

"Research tells us that getting out into nature is important for children's physical, emotional and cognitive development.

"Playscapes such as this enable our kids to explore, experience unstructured play and develop a sense of freedom and independence, as well as gaining the healthy benefits of physical exercise and social interaction.

Mr Finn said the new facility's features include a giant Bunjil nest for children to climb, beautiful sculptures, a maze with many elements to discover, and a 'build-your-own' cubby house structure.

"I'd like to congratulate all involved in this project, including Parks Victoria staff, the design team which includes Ric McConaghy in partnership with ACLA landscape architects and Warrandale Industries, the construction consultants, for developing such an innovative playscape that will delight children for many generations.

"I also acknowledge the Wurundjeri Elders for their generous sharing of stories and culture to help develop this playscape.

"This space is an exciting addition to Brimbank Park, which is also a popular place for walking, picnicking and exploring along the Maribyrnong River," said Mr Finn.

Variety – the Children's Charity CEO Holly Reid said, "Variety is thrilled to partner on the Brimbank Park playscape to create a space of all inclusive play for children of all abilities".

The project was funded by the Victorian Government, in partnership with Variety the Children's Charity, the People and Parks Foundation and John T Reid Charitable Trusts.

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