Vote for Naracoorte caves playground

Fun: Harry Ham, Edward Heffernan, Harrison Andrews, Dilinna Ojobor, Winne and Hilary Schinckel and Lottie and Bertie Dawkins climbing at the main entrance to the caves.
Fun: Harry Ham, Edward Heffernan, Harrison Andrews, Dilinna Ojobor, Winne and Hilary Schinckel and Lottie and Bertie Dawkins climbing at the main entrance to the caves.

Limestone Ladies CWA are seeking support for a nature playground for the Naracoorte Caves under the Fund My Neighbourhood grants program.

The CWA members are all keen to see a nature playground for the town and what better place to put it, than our World Heritage Listed Naracoorte Caves.

We have taken this idea to the caves who were keen to be involved and offered various areas for development if funding was granted. We love taking our kids out to the caves but don’t always want to go on a tour, so a nature playground would be magical place for children to spend a morning or a whole day.

We hope this would also have a flow on effect with tourists who would spend an extra hour or two out there which would encourage them to stay in town for the night and see the rest of the district.

We have engaged with Naracoorte local, Landscape Architect/Urban Designer (playground specialist) Alice Leake, currently based in Melbourne, who has offered her advice on the project.

We are also working closely with paediatric occupational therapist Megan Heffernan, who is well versed in child development and the significance of play.

The group has created a Facebook page called the ‘Naracoorte Cave Nature Playground’ which has the link you need to vote for this wonderful project.

Or you can go directly to the Fund My Neighbourhood page and vote that way. So far, the community response has been fantastic with thousands of views on the page. We are hoping to turn many of these views into votes!!

Our proposal to our community is to build a unique, interactive playground for all young visitors to the Naracoorte Caves National Park, complimenting other activities at the caves – proudly our backyard!

The theme of the playground will reflect the world heritage fossils and magical caverns below, incorporating the indigenous Wonambi ‘rainbow snake’.

Nature play experiences are limited in our region and with families searching for adventurous experiences as they plan their holidays, this space will become a must-see destination for tourists visiting Naracoorte and locals alike.

Spending time in nature has significant learning, health and well-being benefits.

The development of the ‘Fossil Hunters’ nature playground will encourage the discovery of nature and adventure, providing local families the opportunity to empower happy, healthy and emotionally resilient children.

There are many other local projects vying for Fund My Neighbourhood funding – visit the website to see the full array and cast your vote. Voting closes on Monday, November 20.