THE Trafalgar Community Development Association has sung the praises of the newly redeveloped McGregor Park.
Above: Trafalgar Community Development Association president David 'Wombat' Lyons cuts the ribbon to officially open the park with Baw Baw deputy mayor Joe Gauci and Regional Development Minister Jaala Pulford. Photo: author.
First published in the 27 February edition of the Warragul & Baw Baw Citizen. Get your copy today from retailers across Baw Baw today.
Trafalgar’s largest park, located close to the centre of the town, was officially reopened after a $400,000 redevelopment project on Thursday 19 February.
Speaking at the event, association president David “Wombat” Lyons said the park was “a great asset” and thanked state and local government for the redevelopments.
“It is fantastic to get to this point in the project,” Mr Lyons said.
“It has been, for our community, a fantastic project that started many many times (sic) ago. Not just a change of government, we had a change of local council in the middle of it all too.
“But the community consultations were very strongly participated in and from that a stakeholders group was formed and Lions and Rotary and the church community and park neighbours and the TCDA all came together and worked very closely with the Baw Baw Shire to deliver the first few stages of what will be a grander masterplan in the long term.
“It’s a great pleasure to see the kids out there enjoying it. I work for the high school and brought some of the kids down today. We have our swim sports down here at the pool [adjacent to the park], we have our tennis PE classes here, and you can see in the way the kids respond to it there’s a real difference about it.
“It’s much more open and much more accessible, they enjoy it a lot more. We see some fairly young families who come through here, particularly after playschool and preschool time over the road, and [this new] playground is much more engaging for the children.”
Regional Development minister Jaala Pulford also spoke at the opening. She said the park was a vital community asset for Trafalgar.
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