Park Benefits from Community Effort

A community effort led by Tamworth on Peel Rotary Club (Calala Rotary) members is helping to transform Village Park at Calala.

The club co-ordinated a community planting at the Campbell Road park for National Tree Day on Sunday last week and now members are putting the finishing touches to a picnic table and shelter.

Rotarian Barry Smith, the co-ordinator of the club’s Village Park project, said about 200 trees were planted on the day.

‘About 100 members of the community joined club members for the planting – the great thing is that there were children planting the native trees and shrubs with their parents and they will get to see the trees grow through the years as they grow themselves,’ he said.

‘It’s amazing how different the park looks and it’s great to see the park getting used by so many local families with children.’

Mr Smith said the park has become a much used community facility since Tamworth Regional Council installed the playground equipment about 12 months ago.

‘The club started working in the park about a year ago by establishing some gardens around the borders of it,’ he said. ‘Just recently we started building the shelter with a picnic table and we have plans for more improvements for the park in the future.’

177928-Rotarians_Barry_Smith_and_John_Robinson_at_Village_Park_CalalaThe club used some of the proceeds of its market and craft day held in the carpark of the Calala Tavern on the fourth Saturday of each month to fund the work. It also had a donation of concrete from Redimix Concrete and the donation of labour from Ezicrete Concreting to undertake the formwork and finishing off of the slab.

Council recently completed a new pathway which winds around the park and is often used by young children on ride-on toys.

Project and Assets Officer Grant Reeckmann said the park is thriving as a result of the work undertaken by the community and Tamworth on Peel Rotary. ‘It’s a credit to their efforts,’ he said.

(Courtesy the Northern Daily Leader)