31 May 2018   

4 min read
Stockland CARE Foundation is a proud sponsor of Tumbalong Lights, a collection of four inclusive and accessible play installations giving children of all abilities and their families an opportunity to interact with an awe-inspiring light experience at this year’s Vivid Sydney.

Stockland CARE Foundation is a charitable trust set up for the purposes of delivering infrastructure, programs and initiatives that improve the health, wellbeing and education of communities in and around our assets.

The CARE Foundation is excited to play a part in breaking the barriers of social exclusion by helping to create an inclusive playground; a place where everybody, no matter what their ability, can experience the magic of Vivid Sydney.

Located in Darling Harbour, the inclusive playground is first for Vivid and is a winning example of our commitment to creating inclusive communities for everyone to enjoy around Australia.

Stockland CARE Foundation partnered with Cushman & Wakefield and other businesses to create the glowing under-the-sea themed interactive play installations that are enchanting children of all ages and abilities and opening up possibilities of play, engagement and wonder. The playground is providing a sensory rich play experience where all children have the opportunity to join in, be empowered and belong.

The multi-sensory light experiences include a magical ocean floor, a garden of illuminated sea plants, a roller rink that replaces skates with wheelchairs, and a giant musical keyboard.

Children with a disability, their families and carers can pre-register for free family zone tickets, which run across three session times every night, ensuring a more pleasurable experience at Tumbalong Lights. There is a pre-booked low sensory session for people with autism or sensory sensitivities to experience Tumbalong Lights with lowered light and sound and reduced crowds and two tactile tours (subject to interest) allowing blind or vision impaired visitors to enjoy each interactive experience via touch and description.

Bonny Bayne, Stockland CARE Foundation Manager said “Stockland has developed 11 inclusive play spaces around the country in both our retail centres and residential communities with our partner the Touched By Olivia Foundation, and we are absolutely focused on developing more playgrounds to make a lasting, positive contribution to the local communities.

With one in five Australians living with a disability, we are very proud to be setting a new benchmark for inclusive, imaginative outdoor play with Vivid Sydney, opening the first inclusive play space at Tumbalong Lights. This fantastic play installation will showcase how all children can play together, including those with physical disabilities, vision, hearing and mobility impairments, or spectrum disorders such as autism.”

With over 2.33 million Australians visiting Vivid Sydney and more than 57.5 million reached by social media last year, our sponsorship will give the Stockland CARE Foundation fantastic visibility and enable us to reach new audiences.

Vivid Sydney runs until 16 June.