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A new playground accessible for disabled children and teens will open today at Bunbury's Big Swamp.

The City of Bunbury project aims to provide a safe, fun and interactive environment for disabled children and includes a carousel, aero-glider and roller-table.

The playground received ongoing support from parents and teachers of children with disabilities who contributed ideas they thought would be suitable.

Carolyn Simpson, a member of the project’s committee, said the playground was inspired by similar facilities across the region.

‘‘It provides kids with equipment that lets them enjoy the area and mixing with others,’’ she said.

Ms Simpson’s son Justin, who has a rare genetic disorder which has left him completely confined to a wheelchair, has so far enjoyed the playground’s features.

‘‘He loves it, he loves being with other kids,’’ Ms Simpson said.

‘‘He likes watching other people on the swings and enjoys being around them.’’

City of Bunbury team leader for community development Caris Gibson said the project promoted further inclusion of children with disabilities and encouraged interaction.

‘‘We would love to see surrounding shires follow suit and investigate accessible equipment into current playgrounds as well as future planning,’’ she said.

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