25 September 2018

Media release

Stockland Wetherill Park together with the Stockland CARE Foundation is delighted to be hosting a piece of an inclusive and accessible play installation featured in Vivid Sydney 2018.

Arriving just in time for the school holidays, the installation originally formed part of Vivid Sydney’s 2018 ‘Tumbalong Lights’ playspace, an inclusive playground that provides a sensory rich play experience where all children of all abilities have the opportunity to join in, be empowered and belong.

Glenn Page, Stockland Wetherill Park’s Centre Manager said the installation and accompanying craft zone will make Stockland Wetherill Park the perfect place for families to keep busy these school holidays.

“We are thrilled to be bringing a piece of Vivid Sydney 2018 to Stockland Wetherill Park to help entertain the kids these school holidays and to give our customers the chance to see this fantastic exhibit close to home.

“As an extension of the exhibit, we will be inviting children to sit down for some craft time and to make a wish by creating their very own origami forest friends. They will be able to create a Origami bird, butterfly or frog and light it up with a colour of their choice before hanging it in the magical cave.”

The Magic Garden is an accessible, natureinspired, immersive and collaborative play experience created for children of all abilities. Children can choose to play individually or can collaborate with others to discover a colourful light show that showers the entire garden.

As they navigate through the garden, families will find all sorts of special and unusual characters that look like they are from an enchanted place far away.

The Stockland 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 play.

Bonny Bayne, Stockland CARE Foundation Manager, said: “Stockland has developed 11 inclusive play spaces around the country in both our retail town 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 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. 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.”

The play space will be arriving at Stockland Wetherill Park on Saturday 29th September and will be open daily between 11:00am and 3:00pm until the 14th October.