The unique indigenous-inspired playground at Muller Park in Bli Bli was officially opened last week as part of Heritage Discovery Weekend on the Sunshine Coast.
Kabi Kabi First Nation people provided inspiration for the playground upgrade. A culturally significant site with a long history of Aboriginal and later South Sea Islander occupation, Muller Park’s new playground design is based on the animals and materials used in traditional day-to-day life by the Kabi Kabi people.
Brisbane based playground designers Urban Play worked with the Sunshine Coast Council to bring to life play elements inspired by the Kabi Kabi:
- Oyster path: Oysters were one of the main food sources for the Kabi Kabi people with a large number of oyster shells found in midden excavations;
- Fish (kid) trap: Based on the traditional fishing trap, the fish (kid) trap resembles the bell shape of the traps traditionally woven from grasses and reeds;
- Black swan rockers: Black swans and their eggs were hunted for food and the swan forms part of the dreamtime story of Mt Coolum;
- Basket swing: Kabi Kabi women would gather fern roots, eggs and honey, and carry them in baskets woven together from leaves and grasses.
Urban Play’s partnership with well-known International play brands, KOMPAN and COROCORD, provide a winning combination for product quality and service reliability. Their award winning designs and complete service solutions makes Urban Play the number one choice for custom playground design across Queensland.