Great support

Tuesday, 14th May, 2013

Josh Peeters (2), who is a sibling of a Silverlea student, playing in the new play equipment.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Josh Peeters (2), who is a sibling of a Silverlea student, playing in the new play equipment.PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

Silverlea Early Intervention Centre has opened its upgraded playground.
Director Lesley Harvey said the $140,000 upgrade was largely thanks to donations and funding.
She said the upgrade started three-and-half months ago.
“Once it was started it had to be finished quickly as not to disrupt the children,” Mrs Harvey said.
“The play equipment, soft fall and sand pit was done in two weeks and the rest was finished within the three months.”
Mrs Harvey said $100,000 of the money for the playground and storage sheds was raised through donations.
“This Wednesday, we are holding a thank you evening for all those who contributed,” she said.
“It will also be officially opened by MP John Williams.”
Mrs Harvey said without the community, these upgrades wouldn’t have been possible.
“Thanks to the local community and local businesses as well as the support from John Williams to help get funding - we were able to achieve it.”
The sand pit, soft fall, storage sheds and equipment were all upgraded.
“The sand pit is now more accessible, it is flat and the children can go straight into it,” she said.
“In the old sand pit the children were on top of each other.”
More accessibility is better for the children, Mrs Harvey said.
“The old play equipment was not 100 per cent accessible by all the children and it didn’t meet some of the safety standards,” she said.
“We had it designed for us - we realised that the slides were popular so we had two installed, also if there was a tunnel on the equipment the adults had trouble accessing it.”
“Now, they can get up there easily to help the children.”
Mrs Harvey said their storage shed has been extended.
“We had two rooms added to the shed, it will house our therapy equipment which was originally off site,” she said.