Dear Phil,

I would like to express thanks on behalf of the entire Burnside Primary School community for the outstanding job you and your team did in creating and developing our stunning Junior Primary play space. You have far exceeded our expectations, not only for the finished project but also in your timeliness in completing the works. Some of the feedback from parents (as posted on our Facebook) include:

‘Amazing! I am so excited for my kids to get stuck into some real play in the new play space! Another reason BPS is one of the best schools in Adelaide’.

‘Love it! We popped past to have a look today and the kids were so proud that they are lucky enough to have such a beautiful, rugged nature – based space in their beloved school. Bravo’

‘Wow, looking absolutely playable!

Once again, thank you so much for your vision, creativity and ability to so keenly interpret and develop what our committee wanted to achieve.

Kind regards,

Di Burrell, Deputy Principal
Burnside Primary School

Dear Phil,

I am writing to express enormous gratitude to you and the Betterland team for the development of our reception play area.

The children, teachers and wider community are overwhelmed and delighted with it.

With the ease we have come to expect from your work, you have interpreted our vision and hopes and made them a reality, better than we could have imagined.

The way you and your team work in a school is so highly professional and respectful. You make no demands, solve issues without fuss, work with incredible energy, commitment and passion. You are independently resourceful and always maintain a safe and clean site.

Your work and work ethic is outstanding. Galilee is proud to work with you and privileged.

We look forward to the next stage of our development and sincerely hope we will be able to work with you again.

Thanks Phil and all the team.

Tina Adamo, Principal
Galilee Catholic School Aldinga

We are very happy with the landscaping and layout of equipment in our new natural play area and feel it fits in well with our beautiful backdrop of gum trees and neighbouring creek.

The retaining wall installed to decrease erosion is purposeful yet suits the natural play space. We were very impressed with Phil’s collaborative approach to working in conjunction with our groundsman and the professionalism shown by all of his team.

At Highbury Primary School, we engaged Betterland as we were impressed with Phil’s knowledge of natural play spaces, his prompt response to requests and his understanding of DECD playground regulations/WHS requirements. He not only visited the school numerous times to discuss the area, our ideas and to speak with our groundsman but he also volunteered to speak at a community event where we screened the movie ‘Project Wildthing’ and had a representative from Nature Play speak. Phil was able to answer people’s questions around safety and regulations with ease. We asked that all equipment installed be as natural as possible and we were not disappointed. We would highly recommend Betterland to any school wishing to employ a company that is knowledgable, respectful of school needs, has great ideas, can work to a budget and are understanding of the ever changing school environment.

Kind Regards

Dominica Thomson, Principal
Highbury Primary School

Dear Phil,

Over the past 8 years we have had many areas of our outdoor environment upgraded or redeveloped with Betterland. From the initial design meeting through to the completed project your team are respectful and effective communicators, always have a work site that is safe for students and staff and provide accurate timeframes for the work to be completed. At the completion of the project the work area is always left in pristine condition. Your capacity to translate ideas into a practical and appealing design has ensured that we have returned again and again to complete further projects. I’ve now also had the benefit of seeing how the quality of your work is long-lasting, the areas developed many years ago continue to appeal to children, are sturdy and strong and easy to maintain.


Anne Lamont, Principal
Stradbroke School

The contractor Phil Selby of Betterland has been most co-operative and helpful during this project. The site was left tidy and the whole project caused a minimum of inconvenience to our school. We found Betterland an excellent company to do business with.

Yours faithfully

Meredith Hugo, Principal
Heathfield Primary School

Dear Phil,

Thank you so much for the amazing job on the swing frame. I am thrilled with the possibilities of the new space and can’t wait to see the children using it next week.

Our finance officer will organise a cheque when he is in next Friday.

Kind regards,

Dannielle Gibson, Director
Largs North Kindergarten

Thanks a lot Phil. We love your work and we have given many people your contact details. We would love to have other areas finished here at our school.

I look forward to hearing from you to discuss our project.

Rae Taggart, Principal
Glenelg primary school

Betterland has a strong reputation for quality and service (second to none)

Nikki Baker, Director
Oasis Community Childrens Centre Sailsbury

Hello Phil,

Thank you for the work you have done on the amazing plans for St Therese School. We have had them on display and as yet not everyone has seen them. Those who have are incredibly impressed and excited about the potential.

I would like you to proceed with the work on the Southern Playground Development and wonder at your availability this year? I have cced my bursar Sonya Arnott into this as she will liaise with you and your workers.

I look forward to hearing from you Phil.

Kind regards

Angela Morrison, Principal
St Therese School