Katherine Healy

Girls’ physical activity rates are in crisis. Inside the new WA program which is seeing real change

Main Image: Mt Lawley Senior High School students Sofia Strano and Aanishka Sen took part in creating the new Talk N Walk app. Credit: Ian Munro/The West Australian by Rhianna Mitchell The four teenagers answer at the same time when asked their thoughts on why many girls their age baulk at the idea of physical activity. “Social media,” …

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Shire of Capel votes to remove basketball hoop in Dalyellup over noise complaints

An alternative backboard was installed to try and curb the noise. (ABC Local: Anthony Pancia) After a two-year saga, a small South West shire has voted to remove a controversial basketball hoop despite concerns it could set a risky precedent. The fate of the court in Dalyellup near Bunbury had hung in the balance since November 2020, when complaints were made …

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Stories of Country – Kaarak the Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo

Nature Play WA recognises the important and ongoing connections between Aboriginal cultures and the natural world (country). Through our Every Kid in a Park project, we will be working with representatives of Aboriginal communities around the state to learn more about their Connection to Country through stories and illustrations. We are incredibly thankful for the …

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Nature Play WA a Telethon Grant Recipient for 2022

Thanks to the generosity of West Australians, Telethon will be supporting 97 beneficiaries in 2022.  Each year Telethon provides funding for life-changing programs, the procurement of state-of-the-art equipment and medical research into childhood diseases that change the lives of young WA children. Nature Play WA and a diverse group of 11 to 14-year-old girls are …

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With masks now on in WA primary schools, time in nature is even more important

While children (and parents!) may find the new mask rules for children challenging, Nature Play WA has some tips on supporting your child in wearing a mask, and how to help them decompress and wind down when the day at school is over, and the mask comes off.  With Western Australia moving to Level 2 …

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Braden Park basketball ring to be removed following noise complaints, despite strong community opposition

The basketball ring at Braden Park will be removed after noise complaints from nearby residents. Credit: Tyler Brown by Tyler Brown A well-used basketball ring at Braden Park, loved by many but hated by those living closest, will be removed just five months after it was installed. The removal comes despite 77.2 per cent of those living …

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