Portland All Abilities Playspace

Play equipment Portland Foreshore

Community Engagement Outcomes

The purpose of the consultations was to support the development of a Playspace Concept Plan and future funding for the Portland All Abilities Playspace. During 2015/2016, the local community submitted a petition supporting the development of an All Abilities Playspace.

The consultations encouraged creative ideas and constructive discussion from stakeholders, community groups and children. The methods used allowed for open responses, receiving a broad range of comments, ideas and suggestions.

Below is a snap shot of some of the Community Engagement Outcomes, alternatively you can download the Portland Foreshore All Abilities Playspace Community Consultation Report from our document library.

Glenelg Shire Council consulted with over 550 primary school age children, 20 preschool age children, approximately 60 teachers, teacher aids and carers and over 100 members of the public during September 2016 for the development of a concept for the Portland Foreshore All Abilities Playspace. During the consultation sessions, the following feedback was sought –

• Existing playground conditions and usability

• Feedback on retention of any existing playground equipment

• Examples of other playspaces/ playgrounds visited

• Ideas for new playspace/ playground equipment

• Themes and stories for the development of the concept design

• Current issues

• Identification of current and future users of the playspace/ playground

Information gathered during the sessions were an important part of the design process where ‘consultation informs design’. The consultations were held with a broad range of stakeholders including –

• Local schools of Portland

• Preschools of Portland

• School Principals, Teachers, Teacher Aids and Assistants

• Parents, Grandparents and Carers

• Disability Service Providers

• Disability Support Groups

• Members of the public

• Tourists to Portland

Where to from here? (Key Milestones)

Justin Staggard, has been appointed to design the All Abilities Playspace. He is expected to commence this process late December 2016 with a draft concept plan by February 2017.

Stage 1 (Draft Concept Design) = Feb 2017

· Feedback within the ‘Portland Foreshore All Abilities Playspace Community Consultation Report’ will inform development of the ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’.

· The ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ will be presented to Council in February 2017 seeking Council's support for further Community Consultation on Draft Concept Plan

· The ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ will be made available for community comment.

· It is expected the Community will be invited to provide thoughts/comments during February – March 2017

· Community comments on the ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ will be collated and any further amendments made to the ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’.

· The ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ and community comments will be presented to Council seeking endorsement to move forward with Project.

· Pursue all required permits for the project e.g. Coastal Management Act consent, cultural Heritage Management PLan consent etc.

Stage 2 (Secure Funding)

· Future funding commitment sourced by Council through Capital Works Program.

· External funding opportunities will be sourced and applied for.

Benefits of the project

The expected outcomes of completing the All Abilities Playspace include:

· Elements that are interactive, site-specific, culturally relevant, all access and would stimulate a child’s imagination and desire for engagement and return visits.

· Make provision which shifts the paradigm from equipment focussed to a holistic approach that caters for physical, social and explorative play within a naturalistic setting.

· Create accessible and intriguing play journeys that link with and offer stopovers throughout the site.

· Integration of sustainability elements into the amenities and facilities.

· Provide sensitive pedestrian interface to the playspace.

· Provide opportunity to include public art elements into planning and infrastructure design.

· Integration of public art elements.

· Improving physical and social inclusion, including accessibility.

· Providing play and recreation areas for children and young people.

· Boosting the economic potential of tourism, leisure and cultural activities.

· Attracting more people to the region by improving local amenity and livability.

· Contributing to the creation of healthy places.

· Providing popular outdoor educational facilities.

· To include an all abilities playspace.

The redevelopment of the playspace along the foreshore will contribute to the vitality, vibrancy and well being of our community.





Community Engagement Outcomes

The purpose of the consultations was to support the development of a Playspace Concept Plan and future funding for the Portland All Abilities Playspace. During 2015/2016, the local community submitted a petition supporting the development of an All Abilities Playspace.

The consultations encouraged creative ideas and constructive discussion from stakeholders, community groups and children. The methods used allowed for open responses, receiving a broad range of comments, ideas and suggestions.

Below is a snap shot of some of the Community Engagement Outcomes, alternatively you can download the Portland Foreshore All Abilities Playspace Community Consultation Report from our document library.

Glenelg Shire Council consulted with over 550 primary school age children, 20 preschool age children, approximately 60 teachers, teacher aids and carers and over 100 members of the public during September 2016 for the development of a concept for the Portland Foreshore All Abilities Playspace. During the consultation sessions, the following feedback was sought –

• Existing playground conditions and usability

• Feedback on retention of any existing playground equipment

• Examples of other playspaces/ playgrounds visited

• Ideas for new playspace/ playground equipment

• Themes and stories for the development of the concept design

• Current issues

• Identification of current and future users of the playspace/ playground

Information gathered during the sessions were an important part of the design process where ‘consultation informs design’. The consultations were held with a broad range of stakeholders including –

• Local schools of Portland

• Preschools of Portland

• School Principals, Teachers, Teacher Aids and Assistants

• Parents, Grandparents and Carers

• Disability Service Providers

• Disability Support Groups

• Members of the public

• Tourists to Portland

Where to from here? (Key Milestones)

Justin Staggard, has been appointed to design the All Abilities Playspace. He is expected to commence this process late December 2016 with a draft concept plan by February 2017.

Stage 1 (Draft Concept Design) = Feb 2017

· Feedback within the ‘Portland Foreshore All Abilities Playspace Community Consultation Report’ will inform development of the ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’.

· The ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ will be presented to Council in February 2017 seeking Council's support for further Community Consultation on Draft Concept Plan

· The ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ will be made available for community comment.

· It is expected the Community will be invited to provide thoughts/comments during February – March 2017

· Community comments on the ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ will be collated and any further amendments made to the ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’.

· The ‘Draft Portland All Abilities Playspace Concept Plan’ and community comments will be presented to Council seeking endorsement to move forward with Project.

· Pursue all required permits for the project e.g. Coastal Management Act consent, cultural Heritage Management PLan consent etc.

Stage 2 (Secure Funding)

· Future funding commitment sourced by Council through Capital Works Program.

· External funding opportunities will be sourced and applied for.

Benefits of the project

The expected outcomes of completing the All Abilities Playspace include:

· Elements that are interactive, site-specific, culturally relevant, all access and would stimulate a child’s imagination and desire for engagement and return visits.

· Make provision which shifts the paradigm from equipment focussed to a holistic approach that caters for physical, social and explorative play within a naturalistic setting.

· Create accessible and intriguing play journeys that link with and offer stopovers throughout the site.

· Integration of sustainability elements into the amenities and facilities.

· Provide sensitive pedestrian interface to the playspace.

· Provide opportunity to include public art elements into planning and infrastructure design.

· Integration of public art elements.

· Improving physical and social inclusion, including accessibility.

· Providing play and recreation areas for children and young people.

· Boosting the economic potential of tourism, leisure and cultural activities.

· Attracting more people to the region by improving local amenity and livability.

· Contributing to the creation of healthy places.

· Providing popular outdoor educational facilities.

· To include an all abilities playspace.

The redevelopment of the playspace along the foreshore will contribute to the vitality, vibrancy and well being of our community.