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Project Playgrounds pops up in Queensland, Victoria

While we continue to brighten up playgrounds Australia wide, we are very pleased to announce our increased capabilities in Victoria with the inception of Project Playgrounds Victoria and our partnership with Living Colour in Queensland.

Taking advantage of our experience in the field, the expertise of our partners and in keeping with our commitment to bring our wonderful thermoplastic markings to every school across the country, this will allow us to offer a more responsive and reliable service to the Victorian, Southern Queensland and Northern NSW markets.

The team at Living Colour (based on the Gold Coast) have over 20 years experience working with schools and helping them bring dull areas to life.

“We can see how the Project Playgrounds product can add so much value to the playground spaces of any school. It ts so well with what we are doing with schools already. With our wealth of experience in the sector, we look forward to being able to offer it to our existing and new customers alike. We also know that by being on the ground in the region and our reputation in the sector, clients can be con dent in the service they will receive.”

The team at Project Playgrounds Australia, together with their partners, are excited about the expansion of the business. We continually strive to offer more options through capabilities, product range and bespoke designs. Although we have installed in over 200 schools throughout the country already, we never tire of the experience – the excitement of the children when they have a new set of playground designs to jump around!

At Project Playgrounds, we believe that every school, no matter how small or where they are situated should bene t from a playground that is permanently bright and vibrant and is as educational as it is fun. As such, our markings are colourfast, UV stable, anti-slip and non toxic. – everything that painted markings are not.

Project Playgrounds Victoria Pty Ltd has people on the ground in the Victorian region ready to brighten up your playground! Contact us on 1800 264 307 or at vic@projectplaygrounds.com.au. Living Colour can be contacted on 07 5520 7577 or at admin@lcqp.com.au.

Project Playgrounds Australia 1800 264 307 or info@projectplaygrounds.com.au.

Research on outdoor light's positive impact on short-sightedness

Exposure to outdoor light reduces risk of short-sightedness in kids

New research by Australian optometrists has confirmed the positive role outdoor light plays in reducing the incidence of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.

The study, led by QUT’s School of Optometry and Vision Science, Associate Professor Scott Read, indicates that children should spend more than an hour – at least two, in fact – outside every day in order to help prevent myopia developing and progressing.

Last weekend, Assoc. Prof. Read presented his findings at the Australian Vision Convention in Queensland, explaining that, contrary to popular belief, it was not ‘near work’ on computers, books or other devices that caused myopia, but a lack of exposure to adequate outdoor light.

“Optometrists need to make their patients aware that less than 60 minutes’ exposure to light outdoors per day is a risk factor for myopia,” he said. “It looks like even for those with myopia already, increasing time outside is likely to reduce progression.”

Earlier this year, a global study published by the Brien Holden Vision Institute forecast that 50 per cent of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050, with many at risk of blindness.

The new QUT study required study participants to wear a wristwatch light sensor to record both exposure to light and physical activity for a fortnight in both warmer and cooler months, while also measuring the participant’s eye growth over the period.

“Children exposed to the least outdoor light had faster eye growth and hence faster myopia progression,” Assoc. Prof. Read said.

President of Optometry Australia, Kate Gifford said “this new finding is of significant importance in our endeavour to mitigate the growing rate of myopia in children.”

“The work of Scott Read and his colleagues is an exciting development and the onus is now on optometrists to help spread the message of the one-hour-a-day prescription of outdoor light,” Mrs Gifford said.