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Play Australia set to farewell Executive Director Barbara Champion after 25 years of service

Submitted by Joanne Thorne on Thu, 11/17/2022 - 21:18

Play Australia Executive Director Barbara Champion will announce her retirement at the Play Australia 2022 AGM after 25 years of dedicated service to the organisation. 

Reflecting on her legacy, Ms Champion said she considered herself blessed to have the opportunity to be involved in the organisation. 

“How lucky and fortunate I have been to work with such an amazing bunch of people,” she shared. 

ABC Radio Adelaide profiling 1000 Play Streets

Submitted by Joanne Thorne on Thu, 07/21/2022 - 16:37

Terrific interview with Kieran Brophy of Play Australia and Paul Wright of Onkaparinga City Council profiling 1000 Play Streets with Caroline Winter of ABC Radio Adelaide.

"It's about supporting Australians to reclaim quiet residential streets as places to play and connect...if we connect our communities and get our neighbours together, all of a sudden we have this sense of belonging...and we're more inclined to send our children out to play, and that is what we need everyday for a healthy lifestyle".

MEDIA ALERT - 1000 Play Streets to aid COVID-19 recovery

Submitted by karenwilliams on Tue, 08/31/2021 - 09:15

1000 Play Streets to aid COVID-19 recovery

Play Australia is proud to announce the national launch of 1000 Play Streets – a movement to reconnect our socially-isolated communities as we look toward COVID-19 recovery and to encourage more play for all, on our quiet residential streets.

Barb Champion, Executive Director of Play Australia says, “many of our communities are hurting at the moment, people are lonelier than ever due to restrictions and our children are suffering, due to a lack of opportunity to get outside and play.”

Come out to play - Onkiaparinga Now 28 April 2021

Submitted by karenwilliams on Tue, 05/25/2021 - 09:54

Across the Onkaparinga region, neighbours are enjoying each other’s company and playing for a few hours while their street is closed to traffic. The 1000 Play Streets program, created by Play Australia, is reclaiming quiet residential streets as places for people to step out their front door to reconnect and have fun with their neighbours—or meet them for the first time.

Read the full article from Onkaparinga Now.

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South Australia is closing roads to help get kids outside and playing

Submitted by karenwilliams on Fri, 05/07/2021 - 17:34

Check out Channel 9 News Adelaide showing neighbours having fun on their local streets, click here: and listen to Mayor Jill Whitaker on ABC Adelaide Breakfast talking #1000PlayStreets and about how children can come out and play on their local street, meet their neighbours, how families can work together and connect with their community. The Campbelltown City Council with support from the Government of South Australia's Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) have taken #1000PlayStreets onboard and the local com

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Media Release from the Hon Cory Wingard MP

Submitted by Admin on Fri, 11/06/2020 - 09:58

PLAY ON! Fun and games to increase SA’s physical activity levels...

Play Australia is in the midst of its inaugural South Australian 1000 Play Streets initiative in the Campbelltown City Council area, encouraging residents to enjoy a more active lifestyle.

Read the full Release as a PDF download here.

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1000 Play Streets radio interview on Adelaide 5AA with Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing's CE Kylie Taylor and Campbelltown City Council CEO Paul Di Iulio

Submitted by Admin on Tue, 11/03/2020 - 00:00

With a goal to increase physical activity levels in SA (currently only 58% of us meet physical activity requirements of at least 150 minutes a week), Kylie and Paul discuss how the South Australian Government program Game On aims to help increase this figure to 62% in 5 years, and again to 66% in 10 years.