The Raukkan Community Council in partnership with Raukkan Aboriginal School is developing a cultural play space for children and youth that meets the physical and social needs of young people, using elements and practices that reflect traditional Ngarrindjeri culture. The fabrication process of the cultural play space is offering skills development opportunities, through workshops and mentorships, for young people and interested community members in traditional skills such as knotting, weaving and woodcarving.
Consultation with children, young people and the broader community on the design of the play space has been held. School students were given the opportunity to draw ideas and construct play elements using small parts, whilst the community consultation centred on the cultural aspects of the design that were important, including water being central to the design and being incorporated as a feature (as Ngarrindjeri are water people-with the river, lakes, Coorong and sea). Additional funding has been secured from SA Water towards the project for a water feature.
The play space design will be presented to the community in April with construction to begin in June.