Media Releases

These are recent media releases related to my electorate of Murrumbidgee.

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More and better playgrounds for Canberra suburbs

November 23, 2018

Every region in Canberra will benefit from better playspaces with new playgrounds, upgraded playgrounds and play space reviews for several suburbs, Minister for City Services Chris Steel announced today.

“We know that Canberra families love their local playgrounds, and the ACT Government is committed to investing more to upgrade playgrounds right across the city,” Minister Steel said.

  • new nature play spaces will be built at Eddison Park (Phillip), Glebe Park (City) and near Farrer shops
  • 24 suburbs across Canberra will receive upgrades to existing parks and playgrounds such as shade sails, new benches and tables, upgraded footpaths, and fences will be installed at 8 playgrounds
  • 5 suburbs were selected to have a whole of suburb review: Richardson, Waramanga, Torrens, Narrabundah and Higgins

“As part of the ACT Government’s Better Suburbs Program, a community-led Play Spaces Forum allocated $1.9 million of Government funding to improve playgrounds.

“The Forum particularly wanted to support new nature play spaces in two of our growing Town Centres to enhance Eddison Park in Woden and Glebe Park in the City as a destination for children and their families.

“Natural play spaces provide unstructured play experiences that can be creative and imaginative, using primary elements from the landscape, such as logs and rocks, to encourage children to climb, jump, explore and develop their coordination skills.

Minister Steel said a third nature play space will also be built near Farrer shops, using funding that the Forum allocated for a Play Space Strategy. The Directorate will progress a Play Space Strategy separately.

“These new play areas add to Canberra’s extensive playground network and will enhance children’s physical health wellbeing by providing opportunities for social skills and motor skill development.”

The Play Spaces Forum members were drawn from a cross section of the Canberra community including parents and carers of children.

The Forum reviewed detailed information about all of the suburbs that included: the existing provision, quality and diversity of play spaces in the suburb; ages catered for play in the suburb; and whether school playgrounds in the suburbs were open to the public.

Minister Steel said that the Government supported the Play Space’s Forum’s call for a more strategic approach to playground upgrades in the ACT.

“The suburb play space reviews will be an important opportunity to work closely established communities, to look at all of the existing play spaces in each suburb and how better quality play spaces can be provided that meet the needs of local children and families.

“I’m pleased that as part of this work we will also be able to fund the detailed design for a new playground in Waramanga.”

More information on nature play in Canberra can be found at