Creating quality public spaces that are liveable, healthy and inclusive forms part of our Healthy & Inclusive Places pillar. A key component in delivering quality open space within our communities is playspaces, as they provide a place for children and carers to connect and to be healthy and active.
Best practice playspaces apply principles of inclusive design and accessibility for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy, including carers.
Landcom was an advisory group member in the establishment of the NSW Everyone Can Play Guideline, which outlines the principles and design features for inclusive playspaces. We have begun using the Guideline to assess our existing community playspaces and identify areas for improvement.
We found that the results of our Healthy & Inclusive Places survey (HIPs) demonstrated the need for more inclusive playspaces. Of the surveyed communities, 46% of households included children and 11% have at least one person experiencing disability.
In FY20 we will combine our audit data, feedback from our HIPS survey and our ongoing application of the Everyone Can Play Guideline to ensure the future playspaces in our communities are innovative and inclusive for all.