Playgroup re-lauches to connect rural families in CQ
A rural playgroup is relaunching in 2021, with an all new play area for children and parents to connect.
The Tieri Possums playgroup is officially reopening on February 22, almost a year after it was forced to close down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Held at the Tieri Library, the playgroup will use the new extended play area thanks to funding from Central Highlands Regional Council.
It boasts a playground for older children, sensory equipment for babies and toddlers and a new sand pit built by the Emerald Men’s Shed.
Mum of two, Donna Bennett, has been part of the group for four years and says it aims to create an open, interactive environment for children, parents, grandparents and other community members.
“It’s really fantastic, particularly in a small community like Tieri,” she said.
“We don’t often have family close by so parents, grandparents and carers really rely on community members.
“Expectant mums really rely on playgroup for that social interaction and support.
“We involve the community health nurse, we get the fireys out here.
“It’s not just about playing, it’s about a support network for families out here.”
Mrs Bennett said the new space was open for anyone to use at anytime during library hours, not just the playgroup.
“The idea of this new outdoor area is that we get children from all ages interacting in the area, so there’s equipment for kids from young ages to older kids,” she said.
The larger area has also allowed the playgroup to move to two days, Monday and Thursday from 9.30am to 11.30am, with a craft activity each day.
Mrs Bennett said parents, grandparents, carers and friends were encouraged to join the group and meet other community members.
“It’s a great place to meet families with similar aged children,” she said.
The first few days are free, with a small membership fee introduced after that to cover ongoing costs.
The Tieri Possums playgroup will officially launch on February 22, but the play area is already open for families to use.