The City is working with several Rotary clubs to pack up and send former play equipment from Leopold’s Gateway Sanctuary playground to Sri Lanka.
It’s part of the Sputnik Children’s Park and Toy Library project which will deliver a playground and a new book and toy library to the Kurunegala District in Sri Lanka.
As part of the project, the container used to ship the play equipment will be converted into a book and toy library for the Kurunegala District in central Sri Lanka.
The Rotary Club of Flemington is donating the container along with other items such as computers, sewing machines, shelving, books and toys, solar panels and batteries.
The project will provide many benefits for young people in the Kurnunegala District, including a girls’ orphanage and nearby school.
The old playground will make way for a new regional nature playground at Gateway Sanctuary.
The new playground will incorporate the sanctuary’s natural surrounds allowing children to play and immerse themselves in the natural environment.
The new Gateway Sanctuary Playground will use sustainable elements, including recycled timber and mulch, re-purposed timber and mulch, local stone, indigenous plants, low-carbon concrete and recycled crushed rock.
The City ($150,000) and the State Government ($100,000) are jointly funding the new playground.
Linda Quinn - Director Community Life
"The City is proud to help with such a worthwhile project.
We’re looking forward to seeing our old play facilities repurposed and going to a good and much-needed new home.
The new equipment will give the children a chance to be more active through play and the library will give them the opportunity to improve their reading skills.
We’d like to thank the Rotary Club of Flemington and our local Rotary clubs at Highton and Geelong and the MG Car Club Geelong for their work to deliver this project."