Picton Botanic Gardens playground to become inclusive play space

Warragamba's inclusive play space, Livvi's Place, won't be the only inclusive play space in the shire soon.
Warragamba's inclusive play space, Livvi's Place, won't be the only inclusive play space in the shire soon.

The playground at Picton Botanic Gardens will soon be transformed into the shire's second inclusive play space.

Wollondilly Council has welcomed the commitment of $920,120 in bushfire recovery funding to construct shade shelters at seven facilities across the region and to upgrade the botanic gardens playground.

The upgrades will be delivered through the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund co-funded by the Australian and NSW Governments.

Wollondilly mayor Robert Khan said that the addition of shade shelters in Warragamba, Tahmoor, Bargo, Oakdale, Thirlmere, Buxton and The Oaks, as well as the inclusive play space, would offer residents safe and friendly places to gather.

"As our communities continue to recover from the impacts of the Green Wattle Creek bushfire it is important to have welcoming locations for a variety of events to support community wellbeing," he said.

"It will be fantastic to have another inclusive play space in the shire, and the new shade shelters will make our local playgrounds sun-safe for residents and prolong the life of the play equipment."

The Picton Botanic Gardens will be home to the second inclusive play space in the shire, in addition to Livvi's Place at Warragamba, providing a place where children of all abilities can play together.

Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith said he looked forward to seeing the completed projects.

"I hope that these playgrounds will symbolise hope for the future and help impacted residents with the healing process after the devastation of the 2019/20 bushfires," he said.

"This is one of four Wollondilly projects successful in this round of Bushfire Local Economic Recovery funding and I look forward to seeing the positive social and economic impacts on the Wollondilly community."

Hume MP Angus Taylor said the successful projects funded were focused on local solutions and local needs.

"These community spaces will make a big difference to the residents of Wollondilly, providing places for people to build social bonds, strengthen community resilience and support wellbeing," he said.

"The projects will also create jobs in the construction phase and will encourage tourism to the area in the longer term."

The shade shelters will be built at Warragamba Recreation Reserve, Emmett Park Tahmoor, Bargo Sportsground Playground, Willis Park at Oakdale, Thirlmere Memorial Park, Telopea Park at Buxton and Harold Noakes Reserve at The Oaks.