From rock climbing boulders to a new zipline, the kids and the kids at heart in Castlemaine now have their own awesome new play space in the heart of town thanks to the Andrews Labor Government’s Community Sports Infrastructure Fund.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards yesterday officially opened the new playground at Victory Park, made possible with more than $89,000 from the Labor Government.
The park is a community hub for the residents of Castlemaine and the old playground had been a valued feature of the park for many years.
The new play space will reflect the history of Victory Park, which was created in 1920 to provide a memorial garden and gathering place for ceremonies associated with the adjacent RSL Hall.
In reference to this history, the play space reflects the theme of “celebrating peace”. This theme encompasses not just peace after war, but also peace and reconciliation with the traditional owners of the land.
In recent years, the community has grown, and the Labor Government has responded, delivering a community play space that truly caters for all.
The new playground features a zip line, rock climbing boulders, a babel drum, a ping pong table, a basket swing and a wheelchair-accessible carousel.
Add to that nature-inspired placement of logs, pebbles and a dry creek bed, and Indigenous art and the park is now a fantastic venue for getting children to be inspired through play and active lifestyles, or for holding social gatherings and events.
This project is part of the Labor Government’s strong commitment to sport and active recreation, gender equality and encouraging all Victorians to get out there and get active.
Across Victoria, the government has invested more than $850 million in community sport and active recreation infrastructure since 2014.
The Government also acknowledged Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Variety Club for their contributions and commitment to the project.
“Victory Park’s play space has been reborn and is bigger and better than ever, so Castlemaine families and visitors can enjoy a great day outside in our community.”
“I’m sure the community will love the new equipment and sensory settings, which have been designed so people of all abilities can play to their heart’s content.”
“Playgrounds play a vital role in encouraging children of all abilities to get outdoors, get active, and build their skills.”