Modern playground encourages outdoor activity at Bathurst preschool

Media Release

FN069/2017

16 May 2017

  • New $140,000 playground opened at Elizabeth Chifley Presbyterian Preschool in Bathurst
  • Playground will support and stimulate the social and physical development of over 100 children
  • The Coalition Government invested $60,000

The playground and garden at the Elizabeth Chifley Presbyterian Preschool in Bathurst has received a much needed upgrade, to the delight of staff, parents and students.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the $60,000 investment towards the upgrade, replaced the preschool's ageing playground equipment.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, safe playgrounds for kids does just that,” Minister Nash said.

“The playground equipment was 40 years old and has been replaced with state of the art equipment providing a safe and secure outdoor learning environment which is also fun.

“Getting outside and playing is a great part of being a kid, and I am thrilled that the new playground equipment is ready for playtime.”

Federal Member for Calare Andrew Gee joined the community of Bathurst for the opening and said the project also included landscaping and nature trails to upgrade the physical environment, and new soft-fall areas and fencing to improve child safety.

“The playground now features new activity stations including sandpits, a dirt mound with slide, climbing posts and a wooden bridge,” Mr Gee said.

“Kids will be kids, so naturally we have to prioritise safety, the new soft-fall areas and safety fencing will enhance child safety and participation in healthy socialisation and play.”

The project was jointly funded by the Coalition Government ($60,000), the NSW Government ($12,500), TransGrid ($7,500), and Elizabeth Chifley Presbyterian Preschool ($60,000).