More Inclusive Playspaces Coming to Communities Across NSW

A new round of funding for inclusive playspaces has opened as part of the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play program.

NSW councils are invited to apply for the latest round of the Everyone Can Play grant program, which delivers better and more inclusive playspaces across NSW.

Member for Manly James Griffin said the funding could support more parks and public spaces on the Northern Beaches become more modern and inclusive.

“This is a great opportunity for our local area to benefit from this outstanding program, which could see the creation of inclusive playspaces where everyone can play, no matter their age or ability,” Mr Griffin said.

“The successful Everyone Can Play program is in its third year with an increased grants cap of $7 million, with $3 million set aside for bushfire affected communities.”

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the program would ensure that more playspaces across the state are accessible to more people.

“We’re making our public spaces more accessible and I’m happy that these grants will help put smiles on the faces of many more people,” Mr Stokes said.

This round of the Everyone Can Play grant program will particularly support the delivery of projects by drought and fire-affected councils, with the usual requirement for matched funding varied for these councils so they will only need to contribute 25 per cent of matched funding.

This is the third round of grants for the Everyone Can Play in NSW program, established in 2018. In the previous round, 37 projects across 30 council areas received funding for inclusive playspaces, including Strathfield’s Amazing Inclusion Maze, Bourke’s Sun Safe Play, Griffith’s Henderson Oval Playground and Northern Beaches’ Clontarf Reserve Playground.

Councils can apply for grants of up to $300,000 for new playspaces and up to $75,000 for improvements. Applications are open until midday, 3 November 2020.

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