Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, has congratulated the Spring Ridge community on its pro-active vision for their town’s future and successful outcomes achieved through partnerships with Council.
“Strong and vibrant communities are underpinned by robust social connection, a diverse array of local interest groups, and services that respond to specific local needs. With Council facing increasing service-delivery pressures the need to identify how we build vibrant, resilient communities is more urgent than ever. Partnerships are critical to successful regional economic development efforts,” Councillor Hope said.
“The Spring Ridge Park Embellishment Project is a good example of Council consulting and collaborating with Spring Ridge Advisory Group representatives to determine the desired outcomes and partnering to achieve them.
“Recently a BBQ was installed at the facility. Finalisation of work on the playground equpment, including the border for the softfall, along with the purchase and installation of swings is expected to be completed in the near future,” he said.
“The community also collaborated with Council to ensure the recent Pigs ‘n’ Pine Motorcycle Rally was a success both for its organiser Bikers Australia and also as an economic driver for the town. With a vision for the possibilities an improved Freedom Camping precinct can bring to the town’s economy, there has also been support to expedite these improvements. As a result a new ablution block was opened at the Spring Ridge Recreation Ground in time for the rally and this will also cater for visiting RVers,” he continued.
“The Spring Ridge community also raised over $3,000 to collaborate with LPSC for the installation of lighting at the recreation ground. Special mention should be made of generous, individual contributions of $500 each by the Spring Ridge Royal Hotel and the Merrilong Pastoral Company.
Again, this was installed in time for the rally and will also be of benefit to the Freedom Camping precinct, he said
“I might add, the community never give up. On rally day, they were fundraising at the grounds, providing first class sausage and steak sandwiches to hungry visitors.
“Local input into community services strengthens communities by expanding the sense of ownership that residents feel and increasing social inclusion. Not only does such engagement contribute to more resilient communities, it also results in more efficient use of resources, better information about local needs and more successful planning outcomes. Council looks forward to continuing to work with the Spring Ridge community and achieving further good results,” Councillor Hope concluded.
Generous donations by the Spring Ridge community facilitated collaboration
with LPSC towards installation of lighting at the Recreation Ground.