Rotary Club of Alfredton continues work on Rotary Centennial Park as new developments bring young families to Ballarat’s West | The mail

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Work continues at Rotary Centennial Park as the Rotary Club of Alfredton cleans and revitalizes the space for new developments in West Ballarat. The first steps are complete, including clearing the area, planting trees and putting up the sign. But the chairman of the environment and sustainability committee of the Rotary Club of Alfredton, David Sanders, has a big vision for green spaces. There were a few hiccups along the way as the land was owned by several different authorities. The territory’s governing bodies, including Ballarat Council and the Department of Environment, Lands, Water and Planning, had no plans or funding to develop the area. “We saw this as a lost opportunity,” Mr. Sanders said. IN THE NEWS: The Rotary Club of Alfredton has now obtained a trusteeship letter from Ballarat Council which allows them to look after the land. “Lake Wendouree used to be a swamp that nobody wanted anything to do with, now it’s one of Ballarat’s crown jewels.” Mr Sanders said it was also important to keep the area clean as Winter Swamp is a vital source of water when Ballarat is in drought. Over the next five to 10 years, as the western suburbs grow, Mr. Sanders sees many families flocking to the area he manages. “The growth on this side of Ballarat has been amazing, if we can have a walking track around the water it can be a really nice place for young families,” he said. “With the development and the small subdivisions, there is not a lot of rear space.” Mr. Sanders sees the park as a place where young families can hang out, walk their dogs or let the kids run around. “Ballarat is known for its large parks and scenic views, this marshland area will add to this set of significant parks,” Mr Sanders said. READ MORE: Alfredton Rotary Environmental Challenge returns in 2022. About 50 residents of the Lucas and Alfredton community, alongside Rotary members, came together for the great worker bee to launch the first stage of the master plan. “There are trees that have the names of the children on them as well as a roll of honor on the other side of the sign,” Mr. Sanders said. “So those kids who planted the trees can come back years or even generations later and say, look, I was involved,” he said. The Rotary Club of Alfredton is now considering the next steps in its plan, including the construction of a shelter and a rainwater tank, to help facilitate the planned gardens. Before the native garden is installed, “we need the infrastructure first,” Sanders said. Afterwards, other facilities will be put in place, including a gazebo and seating. “You want to set up a viewing area for people to sit and enjoy, once the trees grow they will hopefully be a bit more sheltered from road noise. “, did he declare. If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Courier, as we have made this story available only to subscribers. Thank you so much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell the story of Ballarat. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great city.

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