Apex Park Inclusive Playspace complete

The Albanese and Malinauskas governments continue to partner with local governments across South Australia to get high-priority community infrastructure off the ground – with construction of the Apex Park Inclusive Playspace in the Town of Gawler complete. 

The $190,000 project has delivered a more inclusive space for all ages and abilities – supported by $40,000 from the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program, $60,000 from the South Australian Government and $90,000 from the Town of Gawler Council.

Chosen by the community, the playspace design derives from the three Rivers that run through Gawler, reflecting upon the importance of water to the area, both past and present. 

The new accessible walkway represents Para River, connecting the existing two main entrances to four new inclusive play zones, which sit along the banks of the walkway like mini billabongs.

Each billabong targets several types of play, to help encourage a variety of play experiences for all ages and abilities.

The Town of Gawler invites residents and visitors alike to celebrate the transformation of Apex Park and join in the excitement at seeing the inclusive playspace become a reality. 

Quotes attributable to Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Kristy McBain MP:

“I started my career in local government because I wasn’t happy with a decision that was made about a playground in my own community, which is why I know that it’s incredibly important for all levels of government to invest in dynamic spaces that bring people together for recreation and events.

“It’s fantastic to see work complete on the new Apex Park, with this just one of many projects we’re partnering with the Town of Gawler Council on, as part of over $2.7 million in LRCI funding from the Australian Government.”

Quotes attributable to Federal Member for Spence, Matt Burnell MP: 

“The Apex Park Inclusive Playspace underscores the importance of all levels of government working together with local communities to get high-impact projects off the ground.

“It’s fantastic to see this accessible and inclusive space in action – bringing more people into the heart of Gawler, increasing community engagement, and providing recreational opportunities for everyone, regardless of age or ability.”

Quotes attributable to South Australian Assistant Minister for Autism, the Hon Emily Bourke MLC:

“The Malinauskas Labor Government is leading the way in making SA the autism-inclusive state. 

“Partnering with local communities to invest in creating inclusive play spaces like Apex Park is just another way we will continue to build inclusive knowledge in our great state.”

Quotes attributable to State Member for Light, the Hon.Tony Piccolo MP:

“This is an outcome that really shows what can be achieved by three tiers of government working collaboratively together – we have delivered a better project with improved outcomes for the Gawler community.

“The State Labor Government made a commitment to this precinct before the 2022 state election, but after subsequent discussions with the Town of Gawler and council's contribution it has grown to become an even more expansive and accessible play space.”

Quotes attributable to Town of Gawler Mayor, Karen Redman:

“We believe in building a community where everyone feels welcome and included, and this playspace is a tangible expression of that vision.

“Together, let's continue building a Gawler that embraces diversity, fosters inclusion, and creates spaces where memories are made for generations to come."

Quotes attributable to Town of Gawler Acting CEO, Andrew Goodsell:

“In line with Town of Gawler’s Draft Playspace Strategy, the project demonstrates Council’s commitment to creating engaging and accessible spaces for everyone to enjoy.

“As we celebrate the opening of this exciting venture, we are grateful for the collaborative efforts between Australian, state and local goverments that have brought us to this moment.”