The Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today joined the Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, to announce that a Shorten Labor Government will commit $588,000 towards new playgrounds in remote communities in the Northern Territory.
The playgrounds will be delivered by Children’s Ground, a not-for-profit organisation that works with First Nations children, families and communities experiencing the greatest levels of disadvantage to achieve systematic and enduring change.
Warren Snowdon said Labor’s funding will deliver safe outdoor playgrounds for children in seven remote communities in Alice Springs and Arnhem Land, benefitting around 600 First Nations families.
“These playgrounds will make it easier for children to play and learn on Country with their family, promoting connection to land, culture, and community,” Mr Snowdon said.
“Labor’s investment will also create jobs for local First Nations people during construction.
“The playgrounds will be designed and constructed in partnership with the local communities.”
Children’s Ground is community led and driven at all levels, designed with First Nations people and informed by international best-practice and First Nations knowledge systems.
The Deputy Labor Leader, Tanya Plibersek, said: “playing outdoors is important for children’s development – it develops motor skills and hand-eye coordination, promotes wellbeing, encourages resilience, self-confidence, creativity and problem solving.”
“Labor’s announcement today will improve opportunities for children in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities.
“All children should have the same chance to play and learn, no matter where they live,” Ms Plibersek said.
The seven locations will be determined in consultation with stakeholders.