Port Lincoln kindergartners provide asset suggestions

IDEAS: Park Terrace Kindergarten children display their ideas. Pictured are (back): Lyn Boase (director), Archer Williams, Stephen Rufus (council chief executive officer), Toby Walding, Jagger Mallard; front: Mitch Davidson, Will Davidson, Nyla Kennedy and Kodi Richardson.. Photo: submitted
IDEAS: Park Terrace Kindergarten children display their ideas. Pictured are (back): Lyn Boase (director), Archer Williams, Stephen Rufus (council chief executive officer), Toby Walding, Jagger Mallard; front: Mitch Davidson, Will Davidson, Nyla Kennedy and Kodi Richardson.. Photo: submitted

Children at Park Terrace Kindergarten had the opportunity to provide ideas for the Port Lincoln City Council for its foreshore master plan.

In December the council’s chief executive officer Stephen Rufus visited the kindergarten to speak to the children and staff and collect the children’s ideas.

Director Lyn Boase said the children at Park Terrace Kindergarten were important citizens of the Port Lincoln community so it was great to have the the council come to have their ideas heard.

“It’s fantastic that they are embracing the whole community in their study of what changes should be made to Port Lincoln,” she said.

The children drew pictures and talked with staff about their visions for the foreshore redevelopment.

Common themes among their thoughts included the need for more natural spaces with trees, shrubs and flowers to provide shelter from the sun, exciting play spaces, to feel good and for oxygen.

Also suggested were challenging play areas where they could climb and swing, facilities such as coffee shops, ice cream shops and maybe a disco, and a water slide.

Staff shared the history of a water slide on the foreshore which was relocated in the 1980s to help children understand that not all 'good' ideas work out.

Mr Rufus was impressed with their creative ideas and was keen to collect their contributions to take to the consultation process.