Better play spaces in five Canberra suburbs

Released 23/04/2019

Community input is being sought by the ACT Government in five suburbs selected for a whole of suburb play space reviews.

“We know that Canberra families love their play spaces and the ACT Government is committed to investing in more play spaces across the city,” Minister for City Services Chris Steel said.

“The suburbs of Narrabundah, Torrens, Higgins, Richardson and Waramanga were selected and we’re now starting the play space reviews in those suburbs.”

The review will assess the playgrounds available in each suburb and the needs of the local community to identify whether the mix of play opportunities is accessible to people of all ages and provides a variety of play experiences.

“Play space reviews are a new strategic way of planning for play, looking at a whole suburb rather than just one play space at a time. This new approach includes planning and design in close collaboration with the community,” Minister Steel said.

The suburbs were selected for review by the community Play Spaces Forum, who deliberated between identified suburbs, including those independently assessed as having play spaces most in need of repair and action. The Better Suburbs Play Spaces Forum allocated $1.9 million to upgrade and improve play spaces across Canberra, with $375,000 committed by the Better Suburbs Play Space Forum to the initiative.

“At the end of this co-design process, each suburb will receive detailed plans for one new or re-built play space and a master plan for play spaces across the whole suburb.

“We want to hear from residents in these suburbs as well as the wider community who use these spaces by taking part in the co-design process. This will involve face to face pop up sessions and co-design workshops in each suburb. There is also an online survey available on the YourSay website.”

Community input in the 5 suburbs with a playspace review are being sought through surveys at and the following face-to-face drop in sessions:

  • Torrens
    Wednesday 8 May, 4.30-6.30pm at the Torrens Shops
    Saturday 11 May, 10.00am-12.00 midday, at the Torrens Shops
  • Waramanga
    Saturday 4 May, 11.00am-1.00pm, at the Waramanga Shops
  • Narrabundah
    Saturday 18 May, 10.00am-12.00 midday, at the Narrabundah Shops
  • Richardson
    Saturday 4 May, 10.00am-1.00pm, at the Richardson Shops
  • Higgins
    No pop ups scheduled. A different approach is being trialled in Higgins. A smaller group of representative community members will be invited to co-design the play space plans over a series of sessions with the landscape architect. Invitations will be provided through letterboxes across the suburb in the next three weeks.

- Statement ends -

Section: Chris Steel, MLA | Media Releases

Media Contacts

Name Phone Mobile Email

Alexandra Craig

(02) 6207 0881

0466 024 520

«ACT Government Media Releases | «Minister Media Releases