Engaging in Nature

September 13th, 2018
Engaging in Nature
Adelaide Hills Outdoor Playgroup has received a Community Development grant of over $2,000 to create an outdoor nature play area centered around a hand carved water course.

Group coordinator Zoe Locke said the group is really proud and excited to start working on the project.

“It will really help to bring the community together and seeing the children engaging and playing in nature makes my heart sing,” Zoe said.

The free group is run by Zoe and her volunteer parents and centres on the idea of playing in nature.

“It’s an activity to get them out into nature and it involves a bit of science and investigation,” Zoe said.

The group is a toy-free zone and supplies the children with sand pits and shovels or pots and pans to allow the children to learn about pouring water and digging.

Children from zero to age five are all welcome and the new building will have rocks and bouldering equipment for climbing, sandpits and plants for the children to play amongst.

Zoe said she hopes this grant means they will be able to build something natural and sustainable that will last for future generations.

The grant was awarded through the Adelaide Hills Council Community Development Grants which supported 20 local community groups with over $45,000 and $97,741 in Community and Recreation Facility Grants.

Mayor Bill Spragg said it was wonderful to see how many groups applied to the program and it allowed the council to give them the much needed support necessary.

“It reflects the council’s commitment to helping local groups to improve their facilities and capability and continue their work in bringing people together,” Mayor Spraggs said.

Another local recipient of a grant was the Woodside Bowling club who applied and was successfully granted $2,295 for a St John’s wall-mounted defibrillator.

Club secretary Gwyneth Hopkins said that whilst the defibrillator would be for all surrounding clubs the average age of the bowling club made it crucial.

“It’s like an insurance policy, if it’s never used that’s fantastic but it’s still important to have it,” Gwyneth said.

“It’s an occupational health and safety issue for our members so it ensures that they are able to play safely.

Whilst the club has never experienced an incident where a defibrillator was needed Gwyneth said it was still their responsibility to care and provide it.

“We’re very grateful,” Gwyneth said.

To see the full list of successful community grant applicants visit http://www.ahc.sa.gov.au/council/grants-and-tenders/grants

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