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

Better playgrounds across Canberra

New nature play spaces will be delivered at popular existing district playgrounds in the north and south to enhance outdoor recreation opportunities for Canberra kids as construction continues across the Territory.

Construction has started on a new nature play space at Kambah Adventure Playground, with elements for climbing, balancing and sand play. The design at Kambah is based on a shell, with a range of play areas connected by rock and log steppers surrounding a central open area which will feature drums, totem poles and some bright nature-based artwork. Logs will be recycled from local infrastructure projects to create a planted tunnel for the kids to enjoy running through which will be a first for a play space in the ACT.

Work on the new nature play space at Yerrabi Pond District Park will start in coming weeks which will have an aquatic theme, featuring a central climbable turtle and paying homage to the local species that call our rivers, creeks and lakes home. The new space will be located adjacent to the skate bowls in the park and additional trees will be planted to provide shade in the summer months.Children’s musical talent will also be sparked by this play space with percussion instruments to be a key feature as well as a sandpit, balancing equipment and natural log and boulder steppers.

These new play areas add to Canberra’s extensive playground network and will enhance children’s physical health and wellbeing by providing opportunities to develop their imagination, as well as their social and motor skills.

Construction on the new nature play spaces will be completed in July 2020 (weather permitting).

Following play space reviews in Richardson, Waramanga, Torrens, Narrabundah and Higgins, contracts were signed this week to construct a feature play space in each suburb, with work to begin soon. An overarching play masterplan and preliminary sketch plans for a feature play space was developed for each suburb based on the outcomes of the community engagement process.

Playspace refreshes at 30 sites across Canberra are also being undertaken as part of the ACT Government’s response to COVID-19 to bring forward maintenance and create jobs.
This is in addition to our normal program of refresh works at 20 playgrounds across the Territory which will include seating, shade infrastructure and new pieces of equipment and replace timber retaining walls, install extra softfall and paint and repair play equipment to give the spaces a new lease on life.

Below is a full list of locations that are included in the play space refresh program:


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