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Local Ovals Transformed into Magical Parks

14 September 2018

Talking trees, dinosaurs and fairies will visit ovals across the Southern Grampians Shire this school holidays!

Council will transform Melville Oval, Tarrington Recreation Reserve and Christie Oval in Byaduk into augmented reality worlds called Magical Parks from 20 September until 7 October.

Southern Grampians Shire Council Business Systems Manager, Russell Bennett said that the game encourages children to get outside with their friends and be active in a safe environment while also fostering a healthy relationship with technology.

“By using a smart phone or tablet with the Magical Park app, we have transformed a handful of our ovals into exciting and engaging digital worlds for kids and families to explore,” Mr Bennett said.

Magical Parks coincides with Council’s unveiling of its free public WiFi network ‘connectGH’ across Hamilton and each surrounding township in the Shire.

“By utilising the connectGH public WiFi network, the game will be available to download and play for free. Virtual games help to build the digital skills and interest of younger people in our communities while having a lot of fun at the same time,” Mr Bennett said.

The Magical Park app can be downloaded from the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play and is suitable for kids aged six to eleven years old.

The game can be played at Melville Oval, Tarrington Recreation Reserve and Christie Oval at Byaduk until the end of the school holidays. Magical Parks are geofenced to keep children within the oval boundaries for their safety.

The official launch of Council’s free public WiFi network will occur at Melville Oval on Thursday 20 September at 10am.
More information about Magical Parks, including details on the free public WiFi network, can be found at

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