Nature Play WA in the News

Playgroup WA calls for councils not to neglect suburban playgrounds

August 26, 2021 | Comments Off on 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 […]

Noise Nightmare

August 5, 2021 | Comments Off on 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.  

Town of Victoria Park investigating noise complaint over bouncing basketballs

August 5, 2021 | Comments Off on Town of Victoria Park investigating noise complaint over bouncing basketballs

by Sarah Brookes No sooner had an inner city council dealt with noise complaints from basketballs thwacking against the backboard at a busy park, now it is facing complaints from a disgruntled neighbour about the noise from the balls bouncing on the ground surface. Zone 2X, across the road from the West Coast Eagles’ nest […]

The Kids’ Bridge – bringing children closer to nature

July 29, 2021 | Comments Off on The Kids’ Bridge – bringing children closer to nature

from Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation “Benefits of energetic play and playing outdoors are enormous, engaging the intrinsic motivation of kids to be active, to imagine, create and be social. Through that, their mental health has improved across the board.” – Griffin Longley, CEO of Nature Play WA and Kids’ Bridge Project Consultant. The benefits of […]

WA Play Charter champions the value of play as fundamental to children’s development

April 20, 2021 | Comments Off on WA Play Charter champions the value of play as fundamental to children’s development

by Freya Lucas Nature Play WA have called for those West Australians who are passionate about the value of play in the lives of children to endorse the recently released WA Play Charter, and to do their part to help elevate play into the deliberations of decision makers, and to propel a community conversation about why play […]

Digital trail explores heritage of Cockman House

March 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Digital trail explores heritage of Cockman House

By Tyler Brown An interactive digital trail is offering a new experience at Cockman House. Using Nature Play WA’s Play Trails app, visitors to the heritage site can follow the story of James Cockman, who built Wanneroo’s oldest standing house in 1860. The trail includes hands-on activities, audio tales, images, videos, quizzes and games to […]

Digital Wellbeing Webinar

March 1, 2021 | Comments Off on Digital Wellbeing Webinar

Want to find a healthy balance between screen-time and green-time for your kids in the age of the iPad? Nature Play WA are excited to deliver a Digital Wellbeing Webinar on 30 March 2021 at 6pm, where their CEO Griffin Longley will be sharing strategies, tips, and resources. The session will focus on Nature Play […]

Bayswater Foreshore Play Trail Launched

December 20, 2020 | Comments Off on Bayswater Foreshore Play Trail Launched

We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land – the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation – and we pay respect to their elders past and present. The City of Bayswater covers 33km2 just 8km north-east of Perth with 10km of Swan River foreshore. Many beautiful parks and conservation areas ensure abundant bird […]

Too many childcare workers don’t know how to ensure kids get daily dose of exercise: Telethon Kids Institute

December 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Too many childcare workers don’t know how to ensure kids get daily dose of exercise: Telethon Kids Institute

by Daile Cross Many childcare workers do not know how much physical activity children need, let alone how to ensure their exercise needs are met, Telethon Kids Institute researchers say. Lead researcher, Associate Professor Hayley Christian, said only one-third of children aged two to five achieved the recommended daily dose of exercise. … Nature Play […]

GPs ‘prescribe’ outdoor play as therapy for inactive Aussie kids

November 7, 2020 | Comments Off on GPs ‘prescribe’ outdoor play as therapy for inactive Aussie kids

by Kate Emery The benefits of kids playing outside is so big that some GPs have started “prescribing” it as therapy, according to a Perth child psychologist. Educational psychologist Jacqueline Reid said there was overwhelming research to show the benefits of outdoor play for children, which could help them manage anxiety and depression and build […]