Shona Wilson, Simone Poulsen, Erica Jordan, Annalise Jordan, Judy Dickson,

Jo’ Witt Chairwoman ALARA, Councillor David Pahlke.

The Opening

Cr Sheila Ireland with Cr David Pahlke Gordon & Stuart Broughton, Brianna & Leah Corbyn.


UNVEILING THE EQUIPMENT SIGNAGE – Cr Sheila Ireland, Cr David Pahlke, State Member for Ipswich West
Sean Choat and EM Alara Judy Dickson.
Cr David Pahlke Chair Alara Jo’ Witt


THE support provided by a local organisation for disabled people has been recognised today at Walloon.


Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and Ipswich City Council Division 10 Councillor David Pahlke welcomed the opening of ALARA Place within Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park. Cr Pisasale said ALARA Place recognised the hard work of ALARA QLD Limited (previously known as ALARA Association Inc) in the Ipswich and West Moreton region. “Since its formation in 1991 this organisation has supported people with intellectual, physical and sensory disabilities living in the area,” he said. “ALARA was formed by a group of parents and other interested community members who had a vision to create an organisation that would provide the support that the community needed.”


The name ALARA is an acronym derived from the words access, lifestyle support, accommodation support, respite care and activities. “Council is proud today to be able to officially recognise ALARA which is the largest local provider of disability support services in the area,” Cr Pisasale said. “The opening of this special playground gives local families a place where they can gather and enjoy some fun together.” Cr Pisasale said he wanted to encourage local families, especially those with disabled children, to visit the park. “We hope that this equipment will be put to good use by the local community.”


Cr Pahlke said ALARA Place would be a special location which allowed children with a disability to experience one of the simple joys of childhood – an outing to the park. “Often their disabilities deny these children the chance to experience playtime in a playground,” he said. Cr Pahlke said keeping this in mind council had upgraded Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park to include an all abilities playground in addition to the existing playground. He said the new equipment included a wheelchair accessible sway fun, an Omni Spinner, a birds nest swing and an accessible spring platform. “This $138,000 project also included rubber softfall being laid under the new equipment and the surrounding area being landscaped. “This project was identified through requests from the public for all abilities equipment in the area. “Feedback we received was that it would be great if playground equipment for children with a disability and able bodied children were located in the same area so that families could enjoy playgrounds together. “Henry Lawson Park had an existing playground and space to include all abilities equipment.” “These additions to this wonderful local park and these additions will further add to its appeal and ensure the park has something available to interest the whole family.”




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