The Neighbourhood Play Project

In just one generation, the average Australian childhood has shifted from a largely outdoors, active, independent, social, community orientated play; to a mostly indoors, sedentary, technologically immersed, highly structured, fearful and risk adverse play space.  

The Neighbourhood Play Project is an exploration of this issue to help activate local communities. 

Commencing with a Community Forum in Caboolture (occurred in April 2018), expressions of interest were gathered to identify people who would like to participate in a community project to activate their street and with their children, ‘walk their local neighbourhood’ with other local children to learn more how children play outdoors. 

A neighbourhood play event is held at a local park to invite local children and their families to participate (July 2018). Local children will walk with a facilitator over several weekend sessions with a celebration event to conclude. The process will be filmed and the project culminates in the creation of a documentary to shine a light on Neighbourhood play and act as a pilot to help other communities also activate play in their area.

For more information contact: [email protected]

 

Meet our Play Champions, activating their neighbourhood

Marissa at Wamuran

There are 4 of us in our Family! My name is Marissa, I’m a wife to my hubby Graham, and a Mother to our 2 beautiful children, Mayla and Zayden. I work part time as Professor JellyBean, delivering hands on experiments to kids and I’m also volunteer at my daughter’s school.  Mayla our daughter is 7years old, she is such a kind caring friend.  Zayden our little boy is 3, he loves getting outside and being active. We have been living in Wamuran for 4 years now and I am super excited to be taking on the ‘Neighbourhood Play Project’! I volunteered to be a part of this project because I love my community and I love attending community events and giving the kids an opportunity to interact with others. I want to build on the Community we have and keep the ‘Community Spirit’ alive. I would love my kids to connect with others in the community and give them opportunities to play freely. I think it’s vital for kids to get outdoors and develop a sense of interconnectedness with nature. 
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Tracy at Caboolture

Hello, I am Tracy and I moved to Caboolture to make it home after growing up in Auckland, NZ. I have an education background supporting  supporting families.  My husband, Andrew and I together with our two kids, Sarah (16) and Zayden (5) are making our home at Riverbank Estate. It is an amazing place to live, its new, its fresh, and best of all we are seeing kids, adults and furry friends out and about interacting with each other. I am keen to encourage neighbourhood play to build a rich community.  

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