THE local community is celebrating the transformation of a local public open space into the Miners Rest Community Park. On Tuesday Member for Buninyong Geoff Howard formally opened the park which received $260,000 from the Victorian Government.
“People in Miners Rest will be able to make the most of these upgraded facilities, which include new pathways, landscaping, a rotunda, shade structures, barbeques and a rebound wall for the ball games,” Mr Howard said. “These improvements will enhance options for people to enjoy the outdoors and I expect we will see more than miners using these facilities for rest, relaxation and recreation. “It’s important that people have opportunities to be involved in physical activity outdoors, as we know it is one of the most effective ways to achieving a healthy lifestyle.
“I’d like to congratulate the local community for their support of this project, as they recognise that this rapidly growing community needs a place for people young and old to come together.”
In addition to the funding from the Victorian Government, the City of Ballarat contributed $135,000 and the local community delivered $15,000 in-kind works to the $405,000 project. The successful outcome was due to collaboration between council, local community groups and members of the community. The list of groups that supported or were involved along the way include the Miners Rest CFA, Miners Rest and District Lions Club, Miners Rest Hall Committee, Landcare, Miners Rest Primary School, school council and Parents and Friends Association, local businesses including IGA and the Tavern and Kids With a Voice.
Once the groups had a healthy working partnership, results could quickly be seen.
Some of the works carried out were the removal of some of the old trees in the Avenue of Honour, the relocation of the cenotaph and the replanting of the Avenue of Honour, the extension of the park, installation of walking tracks, a bridge over the creek, a bike track and a replica of ‘Moo’ the cow. There are still plans to do further work on the park but for now residents are thrilled with their new space.