Progress for St Arnaud park

Published on 10 April 2018

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Newly resurfaced netball courts at St Arnaud’s Lord Nelson park represent the first step of a plan to revitalise the town’s major recreational precinct.

The works to provide an  upgraded playing surface at Lord Nelson Park, made possible thanks to a Victorian Government grant, are set to be completed this week, and mark the first point of progress for the newly-convened St Arnaud Recreation Advisory Committee.

The planned upgrades for the precinct, which were originally mapped out as part of Council’s 2014 Lord Nelson Park masterplan, include upgraded change rooms, along with more female-friendly facilities in a move aimed at future-proofing the park.

Northern Grampians Shire Councillor Merrilee Reid, who serves as the advisory committee’s chairperson, said the group was focused on delivering the best outcomes for the St Arnaud community, beginning with a revitalised Lord Nelson Park.

“Already we are seeing the passion and the hard work of all the groups involved in this committee beginning to pay off, for the betterment of the St Arnaud community,” Cr Reid said.

“Using the viewpoints of a wide range of user groups from across our community, we are aiming to achieve the best possible outcome for St Arnaud and its residents. The work being done by the group will benefit St Arnaud well into the future, and is a perfect example of what can be achieved when we come together and work as a community.”

Advisory committee member Tara Lowe echoed those sentiments, saying the group was proud to be building on the hard work done by previous generations to deliver a sustainable future for Lord Nelson park.

“It’s definitely a worthwhile cause to be a part of - I know everyone who is part of the group has the best interests of the St Arnaud community at heart,” Ms Lowe said.

“I know there were people who did a lot of hard work for this cause in the past who maybe didn’t see much reward for their work, so hopefully with the drive provided by Council, we can make some real progress.”