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Braille sign helps disabled children navigate Corrimal playground

Lukes PLace Corrimal

The new braille sign to help children and carers at Corrimal Memorial Park

A NEW braille sign to help children and carers who are blind or have low vision has been installed at a Corrimal playground.

Luke’s Place, located in Corrimal Memorial Park, now includes a braille map of the internal space and equipment for carers and children. The signage provides opportunities for all children to interact with the braille to learn more about how some children and adults read in this way.

Wollongong City Council worked closely with Vision Australia to create the map, which will enable the children and carers to easily navigate the playground and find playground equipment.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said the map is an exciting development as it allows children with low vision or who may be blind to enjoy the playground and the full range of equipment.

“We’ve not heard of another children’s playground where you have a sign that helps children who are blind or have low vision,” he said.

“Council’s staff in Community Development worked closely with Vision Australia and a specific sign maker in Taree on this project.”

Luke’s Place is a specially designed playground where children of all abilities can play. Council designed the playground with the help of children and the community.

The playground is named in honour of Luke Rapley, from Corrimal, whose parents Sean and Rita pushed for the park to be built so that their disabled son could play with other children in a safe environment.

The playground features the region’s first carousel that can be used by children of all abilities. It also offers colour-coded, textured sections for children with low vision, areas where deaf children or children with limited hearing can interact with noise and vibration as well as active and quiet zones.

More information on Council’s parks and reserves website.


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A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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