The Kalbarri community has once again proven the strength of its community spirit with a group of community members recently coming together to build a new adventure playground at the Kalbarri District High School.
Thanks to more than three years of fundraising by the school’s P&C – and the hard work and generosity of a host of Kalbarri mums, dads, fishermen, residents, organisations and businesses – the playground was finished last week.
The community team helped professional playground developers NatureBased Play to establish the playground, which includes rope bridges, tree branches to climb on, a running ‘creek’, stones, and trees.
Terry Farrell and his team from NatureBased Play sourced mostly natural materials from the local landscape to create a unique and beautiful space for students and teachers.
They worked closely with the Kalbarri community, connecting with many locals from all walks of life.
Kalbarri P&C president Rachael Clancy said it was really gratifying to see the community pull together for the good of the kids.
“It was amazing to see everyone out there, shovels in hand, working together to bring this long-held dream to fruition,” Rachael said.
“We had local fishermen create the rope bridges and play areas, and mums, dads and community residents helped shovel sand, pick rocks, and plant trees.
“Local businesses and others also donated their time and equipment and money.
“And we had amazing support from organisations like the Northampton Shire – who provided equipment and time, and Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – who donated beautiful native trees to create an instant garden.
“We were blown-away by the support and the feel-good factor of coming together as a community.”
Rachael also paid tribute to the work of NatureBased Play for their willingness to embrace the community volunteers’ help to enable the project to proceed on a limited budget.”
It can’t have been easy dealing with our enthusiastic, but not necessarily skilled, volunteers, but Terry and Keith, and the team from NatureBased Play were brilliant,” she said.
Special thanks were extended to the following organisations and individuals for their support:
Northampton Shire, Kalbarri Site Works, Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, GMA Garnet, Palm Resort, Steve’s Tyre and Auto, Milly White, Old Bastards, Kalbarri Express Freight, Murchison House Station, Kalbarri Motor Hotel, Ray White Real Estate Kalbarri, Bunnings Geraldton, Kalbarri Pelican Feeders, Fenn Plumbing and Gas, Kalbarri Hardware and Building Supplies BP, Kalbarri Egg Shed, Drylands Permaculture Farm, Moore View Nursery, Jetty Fish and Chips, Kallidad, KDHS Student counsellors, KDHS teachers, KDHS P&C members, Bent Spade Nursery, Ella and Cara Tennant, Gary Fletcher, Ian Ralph, Jimmy Younger, Phil DeGrauw, Justin Golding, Richard Burges, Mark and Bailey Ralph, Charlie Ralph, and all those local businesses who contributed to the raffle and other fundraisers.