Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has praised designs for a playspace in Tresillian Park, which is being built thanks to a $420,000 Stronger Communities Fund grant.

The playspace has been designed in partnership with Variety – the Children’s Charity, bringing an in-ground trampoline, sand play area, flying fox and climbing fort to Young.

“This is a fantastic project and will create an area where children can come together to enjoy themselves as part of a community,” Ms Cooke said.

“These designs give a clear impression of what a wonderful area this will be, and I can’t wait to see it when it’s complete.

“It’s part of the Variety Livvi’s Place project, a joint initiative between Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Touched By Olivia Foundation, whose aim is to create inclusive playspaces across Australia which let children of all ages and abilities enjoy playing in a community setting.

“It has been a privilege to be part of a NSW Government which is backing this Variety Livvi’s Place project and enabling the charity to achieve its goal of creating inclusive playspaces across the nation.”

The Tresillian Park project is another step towards the goal of a joint partnership between Variety – the Children’s Charity and the Touched By Olivia Foundation.

“This goal shows how loss can be a powerful driver to achieve good,” Ms Cooke said.

“Livvi is Olivia Perkins, whose family lost their beautiful girl at just eight months old to a rare illness.

“The family was inspired to create the Touched By Olivia Foundation and this playspace is part of a strong legacy.”

Hilltops Mayor Brian Ingram said the playspace would provide a fun and enjoyable place for people of all ages.

“We work hard as a Council to make sure every member of our community is looked after, and so it’s a pleasure to work with the NSW Government and Variety – the Children’s Charity, to create this playspace,” Mayor Ingram said.

“It will be a great recreational asset for our community to use to have fun and connect with each other.”

The design can be viewed on Hilltops Council’s website at https://hilltops.nsw.gov.au/getattachment/Council/About-the-council/Draft-Polices-Procedures-on-Display/Tresillian-Park-Concept-Design.pdf.aspx?lang=en-AU and at the Council’s Young office.