FULL OF IDEAS: Madison Durrington, Anabel Bridges-Hanson, Will Rhodes and Ashleigh Bulmer have a look at their designs for the new Grafton Bridge at Jack and Jill preschool.
FULL OF IDEAS: Madison Durrington, Anabel Bridges-Hanson, Will Rhodes and Ashleigh Bulmer have a look at their designs for the new Grafton Bridge at Jack and Jill preschool.

Only little but the ideas are so way out there

THEY may be small, but their ideas are big; not to mention spot on.

Children at UnitingCare Jack and Jill Preschool, Grafton, have worked hard this year, drawing designs for the new Grafton Bridge.

The students researched and investigated challenges with the current bridge and came up with real and meaningful ideas for the new one.

The Roads and Maritime Service bridge project team visited the preschool to collect the children's ideas.

"It was wonderful to hear ideas flowing at such a young age. We were delighted to be involved in this special presentation," RMS project manager Adam Cameron said.

The children's ideas included a sign that said Grafton- You're Welcome Here and a walkway between the bridges with a park.

They also had lots of ideas about the structure and design of the bridge, including wider lanes, lights on the bridge and trees at each end.

Preschool director Bridget Olssen said it was a chance for children to make decisions about matters that affected them.

"Our children have the right to have input into its development," Ms Olssen said.

"They offer a unique perspective; they think of important and valid points that adults don't."

An exhibition of the children's ideas will be on display at the Grafton Regional Gallery between August 27 and October 12.



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