Brand new playground unveiled at Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter

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Modern new play area provides an exciting and safe space for women and children.

Children at the Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women’s Shelter (DAIWS) will now have their own area to play after a brand new playground was unveiled today.

The Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities joined with DAIWS to open a modern play area at the only dedicated shelter for Indigenous women escaping domestic and family violence in Darwin.

The shelter received $80,000 in funding for the construction of the playground through the NT Government’s Child and Family Community Fund.

DAIWS General Manager, Regina Bennett, said the new playground was brilliant.

“More than just a playground, this new area is helping to improve and empower the lives of vulnerable families,” she said.

“Families have the chance to not only become more active, but to also take their minds off their current situation. It gives the mums some time to relax,” she added.

The fund works with community leadership groups to identify priorities for funding initiatives for the families of children aged 0-5 in their communities.

DAIWS staff member Natalie Baxter said the children have taken delight in the vibrant colours and modern equipment.

“Here at the shelter, we’re continuing to support families to build stable, strong lives,” she said.

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