Kirkstall residents gather to shape their town

THE Kirkstall community will come together tomorrow to have a say on the town’s future.

The Moyne Shire is holding an open day at the Kirkstall Recreation Reserve and is encouraging residents to come along.

The committees of the Kirkstall Recreation Reserve and the Kirkstall Hall have been working closely with the council on developing a community plan for the growing town.

From these sessions, a wishlist has emerged including the construction of a public toilet block at the recreation reserve, an upgrade of children’s play equipment and the upgrade of one of the tennis courts with the other to be used for a skate ramp.

Moyne Shire small towns community planning officer Craig Midgley has worked closely with the community on this wishlist.

Mr Midgley, who will be present tomorrow, said the open day for the community represented a great opportunity.

“The hall and recreation reserve committees have been very proactive in throwing up ideas for the Kirkstall community plan,” Mr Midgley said.

“Sunday will allow members of the Kirkstall community to come along and have their say on some of these ideas and put forward some of their own. We want this to be a very transparent process and one that everyone feels a part of.

“Kirkstall is very lucky to have two groups really pushing the case for the town and I’m sure these groups would love further input from other members of the community.”

Renovations to the hall, a community Christmas party and garage sale, the installation of a basketball ring and beautification of garden beds in the town have been some recent community projects.

Another project has been the establishment of a community music session each Monday night at the hall with the group from the session, the Kirkstall Jammers, to provide entertainment on Sunday.

There will also be a free sausage sizzle. The day begins at noon and runs until 3pm.

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