Over 50 children, their families and other Spring Ridge community members attended Saturday night’s official opening of the embellishment project at Lachlan Campell Park, the Christmas Tree and Christmas Chocolate Wheel.
“The achievements and improvements to amenity at Spring Ridge are the result of the community’s partnering with Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) and Whitehaven Werris Creek Coal to realise their aspirations. The Spring Ridge Local Advisory Group (LAG) displays tremendous drive and determination to get the job done and the way they operate could well serve as a blueprint for other community groups looking for succesful outcomes,” LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope said.
“The Lachlan Campell Park Embellishment Project has seen shading installed over the play equipment, installation of a new, covered, aluminium picnic table and seat and a king size gas BBQ. The playground border has been removed and replaced with new treated timber edgings. The electricity supply has been reconnected and a flood light and power points installed. There has also been the addition of an ‘expression swing’ for babies and toddlers,” he said.
Spring Ridge LAG Chair Vicki Donnelly said they are very proud of the Spring Ridge Community’s continuing efforts to improve the village.
“During the last few years the LAG has partnered with LPSC to complete a number of items from our ‘wish list’, including the installation of shower facilities, replacement of the external fence and installation of lights on the oval. This in turn has also allowed the site to be utilised for Freedom Campers which in turn is a stimulus for local economic development,” she said.
“The LAG would like to especially thank Mayor Hope, Donna Ausling and Steve Ryder for their commitment to the Spring Ridge community. They are always available for advice and to discuss the best way to achieve our projected goals,” Vicki said.
“Councillor Hope also acknowleged the work of Donna and Steve, as well as their team members and work crews who have contributed to the project.
“LPSC looks forward to kicking more goals, into the future, in partnership with the Spring Ridge Community,” Councillor Hope concluded.
LPSC Property Manager Steve Ryder, LPSC Director Economic Development Donna Ausling, Mayor Andrew Hope, Werris Creek Whitehaven Coal Operations Manager Rod Hicks, and Spring Ridge LAG Chair Vicki Donnelly at the official opening.
The covered playground provides protection from the elements and a variety of activities for the local kids.