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Funding secured for Adelaide inclusive play space commemorating Quentin Kenihan

Funding secured for Adelaide inclusive play space commemorating Quentin Kenihan
March 25, 2019

The South Australian Government will provide $1 million to the City of Adelaide to build an inclusive play space commemorating the legacy of disability advocate, actor and film maker Quentin Kenihan.

Kenihan was born with a serious bone disease called osteogenesis imperfecta and died last year at the age of 43.

South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said the new play space would honour Kenihan and ensure his dream becomes a reality.

“I am proud to announce the Liberal Government and City of Adelaide will see Quentin’s vision become a reality and ensure his memory lives on, as well as provide a safe and fun play space for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy,” said Premier Marshall.

 “Quentin was a great South Australian who captured the hearts of the nation and overcame significant challenges to live an amazing life.

“Quentin fiercely advocated for an inclusive playground in the CBD and this new play space will be a fitting way to remember him.”

The contemporary inclusive regional playspace will be integrated into Rymill Park / Murlawirrapurka (Park 14), replacing the existing play space in the park.

The project will be managed by the City of Adelaide. Quentin’s family and the community will be consulted by Council, with construction expected to start in early 2020.

The play space will include sensory elements, waterplay and features that encourage shared play and will be suitable for children and parents with wheelchairs.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said she was thrilled the State Government and City of Adelaide had partnered to fulfil Kenihan’s wish for a special play space to be built in the city.

“Quentin was a wonderful advocate for people living with disability and a true inspiration,” said Minister Lensink.

“The new play space will ensure all children can play together in a safe and fun environment and we know outdoor play gives children opportunities to engage with others, explore and have fun.

“Many children with disability, their families and carers face barriers to participating in public play spaces and inclusive playgrounds such as this one when its completed helps build stronger communities through increased awareness and acceptance of adversity.”

Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor said that as an Area Ward candidate in the 2018 local government elections, Quentin campaigned strongly for an inclusive playspace to be established within the city.

“During 2017 Council approved this location for a contemporary inclusive playspace and we know Quentin had been strongly advocating for this type of playspace in the city over many years,” said Lord Mayor Verschoor.

“I thank the Premier for honouring Quentin’s memory by funding the delivery of what will be a high-quality, modern and truly inclusive play space that brings Quentin’s vision to life.”

In addition to this commitment, the State Government has established an inclusive play working group to develop specific guidelines for local councils and other agencies to use when designing and building safe and fun play spaces that are accessible for people with disability.

The new guidelines are intended to be finalised later this year.

Image top : Rymill Park Adelaide

Image above: Quentin Kenihan (facebook)

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