Mollymook Beach Reserve Inclusive Playspace


Council is currently working towards the installation of all-inclusive play equipment to replace the existing playground at Mollymook Beach Reserve.

The Mollymook Inclusive Playspace, "Livvi's Place", will be the first of its kind in the Shoalhaven and will help continue to showcase the Shoalhaven as a leader in inclusive tourism.

The playspace is being developed in line with a masterplan which formed part of the Mollymook Beach Reserve Plan of Management (PDF, 3.9MB), adopted by Council February 2006.


Playspace Design

Shoalhaven City Council aims to create a space where all ages and abilities play and socialise, side by side.

The development of the inclusive playspace will incorporate shared pathways, all inclusive play equipment (including seniors play), shade, seating, tables and a Changing Places amenities building, all within a fully fenced area.

The space will incorporate all access play design principles and all access pathway network throughout the park, connecting car parks with disabled toilet, beach access, café and adjoining accommodation.

The playspace will be of universal design. Universal design means products and buildings that are accessible and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. Universal design provides one solution that can accommodate people with disabilities as well as the rest of the population. It also gives attention to the needs of older people as well as young, women as well as men, left handed persons as well as right handed persons.

The space will be a destination for visitors as part of the Mollymook and surrounds experience. It will also be a drawcard for return visits.


Collaboration with Touched by Olivia

To assist with provision of the new play equipment, Council approached the Touched By Olivia Foundation.

Touched By Olivia was founded in 2006 in memory of Olivia Perkins. The Foundation believes that all children can lead healthier and happier lives, and it is their mission to advocate for an inclusive society, connected by play through Livvi's Place National Network of inclusive playspaces.

Touched by Olivia has created a unique model based on partnership by bringing together communities, government and corporate Australia to deliver special places that change the way our society plays. Through extensive research, advocacy and guidelines based on the Universal Design Principles, the Foundation assists communities to create special places that encourage and invite social inclusion through play.

In 2012, the Foundation joined with leading academics, practitioners, not for profit and Non-Government Organisations and developed a best practice guideline to assist decision makers, advocates and designers looking to create an inclusive play space. The 6 principles of inclusive play are:

  1. Everyone can play
  2. Access to nature
  3. Total experience
  4. A connection to community
  5. Play independence
  6. Friendship

Project Funding

In December 2016, Shoalhaven City Council agreed to provide up to $850,000 of funding for the playspace (see December 2016 Ordinary Meeting minute SA16.60, page 2).

However, community support is still required to deliver supplementary components of the playspace.

If you would like to contribute or know someone in the community that could help, please have a look at Touched by Olivia's sponsorship proposal. There are options to sponsor equipment, or make a donation.

To stay informed of the progress, join the local Friends of Livvi’s Place Mollymook Facebook group or visit the Touched by Olivia website.


Council is currently working towards the installation of all-inclusive play equipment to replace the existing playground at Mollymook Beach Reserve.

The Mollymook Inclusive Playspace, "Livvi's Place", will be the first of its kind in the Shoalhaven and will help continue to showcase the Shoalhaven as a leader in inclusive tourism.

The playspace is being developed in line with a masterplan which formed part of the Mollymook Beach Reserve Plan of Management (PDF, 3.9MB), adopted by Council February 2006.


Playspace Design

Shoalhaven City Council aims to create a space where all ages and abilities play and socialise, side by side.

The development of the inclusive playspace will incorporate shared pathways, all inclusive play equipment (including seniors play), shade, seating, tables and a Changing Places amenities building, all within a fully fenced area.

The space will incorporate all access play design principles and all access pathway network throughout the park, connecting car parks with disabled toilet, beach access, café and adjoining accommodation.

The playspace will be of universal design. Universal design means products and buildings that are accessible and usable by everyone, including people with disabilities. Universal design provides one solution that can accommodate people with disabilities as well as the rest of the population. It also gives attention to the needs of older people as well as young, women as well as men, left handed persons as well as right handed persons.

The space will be a destination for visitors as part of the Mollymook and surrounds experience. It will also be a drawcard for return visits.


Collaboration with Touched by Olivia

To assist with provision of the new play equipment, Council approached the Touched By Olivia Foundation.

Touched By Olivia was founded in 2006 in memory of Olivia Perkins. The Foundation believes that all children can lead healthier and happier lives, and it is their mission to advocate for an inclusive society, connected by play through Livvi's Place National Network of inclusive playspaces.

Touched by Olivia has created a unique model based on partnership by bringing together communities, government and corporate Australia to deliver special places that change the way our society plays. Through extensive research, advocacy and guidelines based on the Universal Design Principles, the Foundation assists communities to create special places that encourage and invite social inclusion through play.

In 2012, the Foundation joined with leading academics, practitioners, not for profit and Non-Government Organisations and developed a best practice guideline to assist decision makers, advocates and designers looking to create an inclusive play space. The 6 principles of inclusive play are:

  1. Everyone can play
  2. Access to nature
  3. Total experience
  4. A connection to community
  5. Play independence
  6. Friendship

Project Funding

In December 2016, Shoalhaven City Council agreed to provide up to $850,000 of funding for the playspace (see December 2016 Ordinary Meeting minute SA16.60, page 2).

However, community support is still required to deliver supplementary components of the playspace.

If you would like to contribute or know someone in the community that could help, please have a look at Touched by Olivia's sponsorship proposal. There are options to sponsor equipment, or make a donation.

To stay informed of the progress, join the local Friends of Livvi’s Place Mollymook Facebook group or visit the Touched by Olivia website.



  • Mad Hatters Luncheon

    4 months ago
    A3 poster mad hat print

    A fundraising event for Livvi’s Place, Mollymook

    When: Sunday, 20 August 2017, 12 noon
    Where: Mollymook Surf Lifesaving Club

    Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon and listen to the tunes of local jazz ensemble
    Corner Pocket. Wear your most outrageous hat to be in the running for our awesome
    door prizes.

    There will also be a raffle with a large number of impressive prizes as well a long list of fabulous items on auction. Download the full list (618KB)

    Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online or in person from Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Buy tickets now...

    A fundraising event for Livvi’s Place, Mollymook

    When: Sunday, 20 August 2017, 12 noon
    Where: Mollymook Surf Lifesaving Club

    Enjoy a delicious buffet luncheon and listen to the tunes of local jazz ensemble
    Corner Pocket. Wear your most outrageous hat to be in the running for our awesome
    door prizes.

    There will also be a raffle with a large number of impressive prizes as well a long list of fabulous items on auction. Download the full list (618KB)

    Tickets are $65 per person and can be purchased online or in person from Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre. Buy tickets now...