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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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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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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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Griffin Longley: Heading into our shared spaces can turn them into our backyards

The great West Australian dream of owning a backyard so vast that your kids stub their toes on the push-mower you lost to the weeds three summers ago while fielding their sister’s cover drive is, let’s just face it, over. The quarter-acre block is dead, and backyards are shrinking faster than a Twisties packet in …

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Playgroup WA calls for councils not to neglect suburban playgrounds

Playground at Oleaster Park, Greenwood. Photo credit: Andrew Richie, Perth Now by Nadia Budihardjo It’s more important than ever to have engaging outdoor spaces for kids! “As block sizes shrink, the need for places to play outside of the home grows,” said Nature Play WA CEO Griffin Longley. “So whether that’s upgraded playgrounds or play …

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Noise Nightmare

by Zarisha Bradley The Town of Victoria Park has been called on to settle a dispute over a controversial Lathlain basketball court where neighbours claim they’re losing sleep over the sound of bouncing balls. #9News | Nightly at 6.00pm Nature Play WA Griffin Longley shares his thoughts.