Bega kids have grand plans for Littleton Gardens

PIRATES could soon be spotted in Littleton Gardens.

A small and unexpected mighty voice has revealed what is needed in the garden’s redevelopment.

Bega Preschool’s Tadpole class has undertaken a research project, discussing playground options for Littleton Gardens.

Teacher Annastasia Norris said the children were inspired by the gardens’ new water feature.

“When the water fountain opened, that was all they were talking about,” Ms Norris said.

“We then asked what they would want next.”

The children gave a description of their playground ideas, which included a pirate ship, teepees, flying fox and swing set.

“We also discussed a theme to reflect the area and the children thought a farm theme could work,” Ms Norris said.

“But they were also keen about a big pirate ship!”

Ms Norris said the Tadpoles considered other important aspects, such as shade and amenities.

The class also talked about the importance of using natural materials in the project.

“When the children were asked what wasn’t important to have, it was television, couches, computers or iPads,” she said with a smile.

With help from Ms Norris, the class found images online from other communities to show as examples.

Last Tuesday, the Tadpoles presented their project to Bega Valley Shire Mayor Bill Taylor.

Cr Taylor said he was impressed by the children’s effort.

He said he would relay their work to the council’s group manager of community and relationships Simon Schweitzer.

“It’s terrific, the good part is getting the kids getting involved,” Cr Taylor said.

“They provide a different perspective.

“Something as simple as a tent could be the difference.”

Cr Taylor said the council was currently considering parking and traffic options for the Littleton Gardens redevelopment.

“We will then look at these sorts of things,” he said.

Ms Norris said the project was a way for the Valley’s children voices to be heard.

“Who better to listen to then the children of the community,” she said.

“Their responses are honest and are what they believe is important as children.

“We hope their ideas are insightful and helpful with the future planning of a much-anticipate community park.”

Last Tuesday also signalled the final day for children at Bega Preschool, where they enjoyed Christmas celebrations.

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