In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

Canberra Hospital

5124 0000

Calvary Hospital

6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

Poisons Hotline

For a poison emergency in Australia call


Drug and Alcohol Help Line

The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

Health Protection Service

For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700


24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

ACT State Emergency Service

Emergency help
during flood or storms

132 500

Play Space upgrades

As part of the ACT Government’s Better Suburbs Program, a community-led Play Spaces Forum allocated $1.9 million to improve playgrounds.

One key decision was the allocation of $350,000 for new nature play spaces to enhance Eddison Park in Woden and Glebe Park in the City. $150,000 has also been set aside to build a nature play space in Farrer. The forum specified these nature play spaces are to be designed in partnership with the community.

In late 2018 and early 2019 targeted engagement and co-design with local schools, child care centres and youth centres was undertaken, as well as broader community engagement. To find out more about the engagement process and what we heard, visit the Better Suburbs YourSay page and click the 'Nature Play' tab.

Construction has now been completed on three new nature play spaces in Eddison Park, Farrer and Glebe Park to provide Canberran children with exciting new opportunities to be active, grow and learn.

The new nature play space in Farrer includes a range of zones for children to explore, including a climb zone, a scramble zone, a hide zone, a loose parts zone and a rest zone. Farrer’s nature play space features timber climbing structures, a sand pit, tunnel and climbing nets as well as a mountain bike circuit adjacent the play space.

The nature play space at Eddison District Park in Woden has a sand and water theme for younger kids that provides an opportunity to touch and manipulate the flow of water. In addition, the existing island has a new feature of a climbing mound with a tunnel, slide and bridges across the reed beds.

The nature play space designed for Glebe Park has been built in the elm tree forest near the existing play space and park rotunda. Features of the new play space include a dry gravel creek bed with water pump and sand play tables, tree house with ramp, ladder and fireman’s pole and adventure course of ropes, net and beams. With many elements that allow access for inclusive play for children and adults with varying levels of mobility.

More information on nature play in Canberra can be found at

Nature Play