2010 Planning Institute of Australia, Social and Community Planning Award, for Carrum Woods Reserve.

In partnership with the Heart Foundation, Parks Victoria, Brimbank, Frankston and Mooney Valley City Councils.

SAALA, in partnership with the Heart Foundation, Parks Victoria, Brimbank, Frankston and Mooney Valley City Councils, was awarded the 2010 Planning Institute of Australia, Social and Community Planning Award, for Carrum Woods Reserve.

The Space for Active Play project came about as a response to the need for children in Australia to become more physically active. Children aged 8 to 12 are not presently well catered for by local council policies and strategies, and their rates of everyday physical activity through travel and play in public space are rapidly declining.

The partnership has provided an excellent and easy to replicate consultation model on planning and designing play spaces that will encourage use and symbolic ownership by children. The Frankston work has led to new partnerships between design, community planning, parks maintenance and local residents, and to innovative design. Of particular note is the mature understanding of feasibility and planning for the whole community exhibited by the children, who previously felt uninterested by ‘boring’ play spaces and uninvolved in local planning decision-making.

Carrum Woods Reserve: Hidey Hole

Carrum Woods Reserve: Hidey Hole