PLACE TO PLAY: While she’s too young to understand just yet, one-year-old Phoenix De Bono could be enjoying a new playground if a community campaign to makeover Jacaranda Park in Grafton takes hold.
PLACE TO PLAY: While she’s too young to understand just yet, one-year-old Phoenix De Bono could be enjoying a new playground if a community campaign to makeover Jacaranda Park in Grafton takes hold.

Mums get together - and they're not playing around

A CAMPAIGN to give Grafton's Jacaranda Park a makeover is gaining momentum as a group of mums meet to see how they can make it happen.

Mum of three and journalist with The Daily Examiner, Kate Matthews has test-driven more than a few playgrounds within the Clarence Valley and beyond.

"Sadly when you look at what other regions have our local playgrounds aren't up to scratch," she said.

"I felt like I needed to do something about improving the situation so I turned to social media and found lots of community backing for the idea."

"We held our first informal meeting with a few mums and we've identified several potential funding sources and community groups we'd like to work with, now we're excited to see where it can lead. The next step is to talk with Clarence Valley Council."

Karrin De Bono was at the first meeting. She has five children aged from 13 months to eight years.

"I think we need something more inclusive, especially for kids with special needs," she said.

"My kids get bored really quickly with the play equipment here... we've talked about it a lot and they have told me they want a bike track, a swing, and a water feature."

Mum to three-year-old Jackson, Leisa Grieve is a frequent playground user who sees a lot of potential in Jacaranda Park.

"I've been thinking about it every time we come here," Ms Grieve said.



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