Kerang All Abilities Play Space a PLA Awards finalist

Published on 11 April 2024

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The Kerang All Abilities Play Space and the region’s first Changing Places facility, both located at Atkinson Park, are in the running for a prestigious parks and leisure award.

The two facilities are finalists in the Best Regional/Rural Industry Contribution Award in the 2024 Parks and Leisure Australia Victoria/Tasmania Regional Awards.

“It is an honour for this project to be recognised by Parks and Leisure Australia, which is the leading industry association for professionals in the recreation sector,” Gannawarra Shire Council Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Rollinson said.

“This announcement is a testament to all who were involved in developing this project, including Council, the Victorian Government and residents.”

Opened in October 2022, the Kerang All Abilities Play Space was incorporated into the Atkinson Park playground, with in-ground trampolines, a log scramble area, water play areas and a wheelchair accessible sway fun swing installed.

“The play space’s proximity to the Murray Valley Highway has enabled families travelling through Kerang with a space to explore whilst taking a break from their journey through the region, whilst local families are using the site for parties and social gatherings,” Mr Rollinson said.

“Additionally with Atkinson Park regularly hosting youth music festivals and large events, the facilities now enable these events to be more inclusive and accessible.”

The project also included the construction of the region’s first Changing Places facility. Incorporated into the Atkinson Park public toilets, the facility features a height-adjustable adult-sized change table, ceiling track hoist system and a peninsular-structured toilet. For more information regarding Changing Places facilities and locations, please visit

“Accessible via a Master Locksmiths Access Key, the expansion of amenities that have been in place at Atkinson Park for many years provides suitable facilities for people who cannot use standard accessible toilets, making a visit to the region easier to plan and implement,” Mr Rollinson said.

“The Changing Places facility has also provided families whose loved ones require the facilities this new amenity features with a new location to travel to and explore, which also benefits local traders and Kerang’s hospitality sector.” 

Regional award winners will be announced on Tuesday, 21 May in Melbourne, with winners to be in line for the 2024 Parks and Leisure Australia National Awards, which are to be announced later in the year.

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