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Council is committed to providing facilities which enable residents and visitors alike to enjoy a healthy, quality lifestyle. Council's Strategic Plan 2014-2018 identifies the establishment of a footbridge over the river as a priority in order to connect Normanville's southern communities with the township as well as to meet present and future community needs.
Improved facilities for residents, families and visitors enhance both lifestyle and tourism experience, encouraging people to return to the district and stay longer.
What facilities are planned for families with young children?
A nature play area is included in the plan (marked K on the Draft Concept Plan) to be located within view of the barbecue shelters.
Nature play is a concept to encourage children to spend more time playing outdoors using their imaginations in a natural setting. It inspires open-ended possibilities for self-designed play, creativity, learning and socialising.
Research demonstrates that unstructured, outdoor play in nature is fundamental to childhood and that it is as important to children as food and sleep!
Another recent Swedish study demonstrated that children who are able to play in natural environments have less illness and better physical ability than those who play in human-designed environments and playgrounds.
The planned dog park (two optional sites are marked as H1 and H2 on the Draft Concept Plan) would be fenced and would provide a 24 hour off-leash facility which will complement the current rules for the Park which allow dogs off leash between Sunset and 10am. At other times dogs must be under effective control of their owners or handlers.