Following a 12 month project planning period, YFCC have submitted a successful funding application for $10,000 to the Australian Drug Foundation (ADF). The application is to partner with Devonport Community House and Devonport City Council to work with the local community in the planning and delivery of a natural playscape in Highfield Park in Devonport. The project is built on years of consultation with the community local to this park by Devonport Community House and the LDAT funding will be overseen by the Devonport Youth Network.

The natural playscape (or natural playground) is defined as a space with as little man made components as possible. Using native plants, rolling hills, lots of trees; playscapes represent a natural place such as a forest. Playscapes are designed with the intent of bringing children and people back to nature and help children to develop other beneficial behaviours in addition to physical skills. These behaviours include social skills, cooperation, and the ability to solve problems. In addition, natural playgrounds stimulate a child’s imagination and creativity more than a traditional playground.

The LDAT program is funded by the Commonwealth Government and supports communities to work together to prevent and minimise the harm caused by alcohol and other drugs.