Men's Shed contributes to new playground at council early education centre at Kirrawee

 Centre director Kristin Kirkman, holding Aria, with Max (left), Sophie, Kauri and mayor Carmelo Pesce
Centre director Kristin Kirkman, holding Aria, with Max (left), Sophie, Kauri and mayor Carmelo Pesce

Menai Men's Shed members have used their wookworking skills to enhance a new playground at Kirrawee.

The custom-designed playground in Sutherland Shire Council's Fauna Place Early Education Centre includes an impressive water play feature, wooden teepee, slide, spider web climbing structure and the deepest sandpit ever designed by the council's architects.

The playground also has environmental features including a water tank, vegetable garden and native planting.

Menai Men's Shed built a number of timber products, including a play mail box and mud kitchen.

Mayor, Councillor Carmelo Pesce, said the playground upgrade was one of several capital works projects recently undertaken at the council's childcare services.

"In recent years we have undertaken a playground renewal program at most of our 11 early education centres to rejuvenate our outdoor play spaces," he said.

"We are able to fund these upgrades because these centres are not-for-profit, and fees are reinvested back into our centres.

"It's great to see the kids enjoy their new playground, created and managed by council's own design and project team, as it's a wonderful space for adventurous and curious minds to continue their learning."

Fauna Place Early Education Centre has been independently assessed as Exceeding under the National Quality Standards.

The council operates 11 early education centres, a family day care program, before & after school care at Miranda and three vacation care centres.

Limited vacancies are currently available in some council early education centres.

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