First work, then play for new Camperdown park

THE Camperdown play space is set to become a drawcard for the town, with steering committee members urging the community to get behind it.

The project, to be built in three stages over three years, incorporates Apex Park on the Princes Highway, a vacant block of land next to the park and the backyard of a community house.

The first stage is estimated to  cost $265,000 and Corangamite Shire Council has set aside $175,000.

The play space incorporates a flying fox, cricket nets, a basketball half court, workout stations, an enclosed play area for young children, picnic and barbecue areas.

There will also be a volcanic mound with slides, undulating paths and a stonewall entrance.

The total cost of the project is expected to be $625,000.

Steering committee member Peter Conheady likened the project to a mini Lake Pertobe and said it would be a destination in its own right.

“When I was a kid Lake Pertobe was the adventure playground to go to,” he said.

“Now we’re well and truly past the planning stage. It’s time for the community to get their hands dirty and have a crack.

“Camperdown has shown in the past that we can do projects like this.

“The paths will be good for kids on scooters. We’ve tried to make this an accessible park.” Mr Conheady said the community needed to support the project.

“We have a shortfall of $90,000,” he said. “We’re calling the troops together. 

“We will have fund-raisers, in-kind support and working bees. We need the community to have ownership.” 

There is a name and logo competition for the park and entry forms are available from the shire offices.

The first fund-raiser, a second-hand toy sale, will be held on Saturday week at the former video shop near the clocktower in Manifold Street.

For more information contact Mr Conheady on 0418 529 871.

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