Thousands of people joined to celebrate Livvi’s Place Casey grand opening, the culmination of three years planning and fundraising on Sunday 13th September 2015.
The party started at 11am with the sun beaming down providing wonderful weather. Balloons, face painting, sausage sizzle and performances from local groups entertained everyone.
Livvi’s Place Casey
Ambassador Jay Laga’aia and Touched By Olivia founder Justine Perkins
Touched By Olivia CEO Bec Ho, Therese Howell project champion, Touched By Olivia founder Justine Perkins and City of Casey Councillor Amanda Stapledon
Therese Howell project champion
Project volunteers Michelle Jankovic and City of Casey Councillor Amanda Stapledon
Flying fox which can support children who use a wheelchair
Children enjoying face painting
Every child loves a sand pit
This net swing allows children with physical differences to swing with their friends
Children pile onto the net swing and enjoy playing together
The huge wide slide was a winner
This wheelchair accessible carousel was non stop fun
Ambassador Jay Laga’aia entertained everyone on the day
Rahart Adams, actor from Nickelodeon and No Where Boys was spotted in the crowd with his little brother Imran and friend Bailey Jankovic
Watch Livvi’s Place Casey Grand Opening
Livvi’s Place Casey Project
Together with the City of Casey, Touched By Olivia built the first Inclusive Playspace for the South East of Victoria, located in Marriott Waters, Lyndhurst.
The aim of this project is to;
- provide a playspace which can easily be accessed by South East Victorian residents, whom currently travel for over one hour to access other Inclusive play opportunities
- provide a playspace which considers the play needs of all abilities, where differences are accepted, everyone belongs and can be an active part of their community
- encourage outdoor play experiences and improved health through physical play
The objectives of this project are;
- To build an Inclusive Playspace which can be enjoyed by children of all abilities
- To build a valuable community asset, with a permanent and lasting legacy
Many playspaces in Australia do not meet the needs of their community.
Physical disabilities, coupled with childhood disorders, and the ever- changing demographic of stay at home carers, means that every detail needs to be considered for a space to be truly inclusive. It’s not about installing a liberty swing and a few ramps up to a slippery slide. It means designing and creating custom made, accessible and intergenerational play equipment and amenities, incorporating accessible pathways, passive areas, sensory and tactile play and artworks, graduated challenges, points of recognition and visual cues, fencing, accessible parking and bus drop off zones.
- 1 in 5 Australians have a disability
- 61% of children aged 5-14 years with a disability have an intellectual disability
- 1 in 100 Australian children have an autism spectrum disorder
- Nationwide spread of high density living in units and apartments highlights the need for access to quality inclusive community spaces
- 25% of children are overweight or obese
- Over 43% of working families use grandparents to care for their young children