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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Park upgrade honours memory of Penrith disability advocate

Penrith City Council has unveiled a new amenities building at David Currie Playspace in St Clair, placing accessibility at the forefront of its design.

Mayor, Todd Carney said the amenities building was a welcome new feature and a testament to the continuing legacy of the late David Currie, who was a passionate disability advocate who made a significant contribution to the local community. 

David Currie lived in Penrith for over 70 years and for many decades devoted his time to several charities and campaigned for the rights of people with a disability.

He was also a member of Council’s Access Committee for many years helping to make Penrith more accessible for all community members.

“David Currie was an inspiration to many in our community. He made such a difference through his advocacy for greater accessibility in Penrith,” Mayor Carney said.  

“With the addition of the amenities building, more people can enjoy a day out at the park knowing that there are facilities available to accommodate their needs.

Penrith Mayor Todd Carney with the ‘Changing Places’ facility that is fitted in the new amenities building.

“Making Penrith more accessible is a top priority for Council.” 

The amenities building includes a unisex family change area, a unisex ambulant toilet, a MLAK-fitted accessible toilet and a MLAK-fitted ‘Changing Place’ facility.   

This project was co-funded by Penrith City Council ($200,000) and the Australian Government through the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program ($200,000).   

The new amenities building is connected by an accessible pathway to David Currie Playspace in St Clair. 

The completion of the amenities building is part of the David Currie Playspace upgrade, a project identified through the Sport and Recreation Strategy which is a 15-year road map for the future provision of sport, play, recreation and open space across our City.  

David Currie Playspace was opened to the public in 2022 and includes a fully fenced playspace with accessible equipment, new pathways including an accessible bike track, fitness equipment, basketball half court, seating, picnic shelter, shade sails, landscaping and car park upgrades.   

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