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Livvi’s Place Nominated

Australia’s First All Abilities Playground, Livvi’s Place in Timbrell Park in Five Dock has been nominated for this year’s National Disability Awards.

The playground was created by ‘Touched by Olivia’, a not-for-profit organisation based in Drummoyne which has installed inclusive playspaces all over Australia. Livvi’s Place in Timbrell Park was their first.

Executive Officer Rebecca Ho says Livvi’s Place is special because it caters to the needs of all children with different abilities. “Children with disabilities are not just children in a wheelchair. This playground considers broader disabilities all they way down to how the paths are designed.”

Some features of the park include textured pathways so that children with vision impairments know when they are approaching play equipment, and moving equipment has a seat installed for adults as well, so they can support their children while they enjoy the ride.


Love Food Hate Waste

Leichhardt Council has announced a new bin to be launched during Recycling Awareness Week – a food scraps bin which will be directed to food recycling services, making green energy out of left-over food.

The bin is available for people living in units and shared blocks, whilst stand-alone dwellers are encouraged to make use of the Council’s half-price compost bin and worm farm deal.

The new maroon-lidded bin also take on more than your average compost bin, meat and dairy products can also be included.


news-petersham-muralMural to be moved

The 17 metre long mural along Audley St by Luis Geraldes in Petersham is to be taken down and moved elsewhere, due to a development proposal on the site.

Marrickville Councils says they have plans to re-erect the mural elsewhere as it was created on removable panels.

Erected in 2002 in the heart of Sydney’s Little Portugal, with tiles even layed out by past Portugese President, Jorge Sampaio, it will hopefully be re-installed near its original home.

Called, “Fragile world in constant expansion”, the theme of the mural could not be a more apt reflection on the announcement.