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New fence brings opportunities for local reserve

Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve

A partnership between Council and Rotary means more opportunities for events to be held at Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve.

Thursday 28 September 2017

A partnership between Mount Alexander Shire Council and the Rotary Club of Castlemaine has opened the possibility for larger events to be held at the Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve.

Council contributed $50,000 to Castlemaine Rotary to construct a 1.14 kilometre long fence to enclose the reserve.

Castlemaine Rotary project managed the fence construction, with members making a significant in-kind contribution including removal of existing fences, vegetation removal, consultation with neighbours and site clean-up.

“The partnership with Rotary meant the project was delivered for the best value possible,” said Tony Bell, Councillor, Mount Alexander Shire.

“It was great to see everyone chip in and get this done,” said Cr Bell.

The one kilometre-long fence is 1.8m high and secures the reserve for events. Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve is already home to the annual Rotary Truck Show which attracts huge crowds every year.

“The reserve will now be able to attract other events like swap meets, offering a secure space without impacting sporting grounds,” said Cr Bell.

“Thanks to the great work of the Castlemaine Rotary Club and all the volunteers involved.”

President of the Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve Committee of Management Brad Cross said the new fence is a real asset.

“It’s pleasing to see the job done and it was good to work with Rotary and Council,” he said.

Former President of the Rotary Club of Castlemaine Max Billman agreed the project went well.

“I think it’s a positive thing for Council to work with local service clubs to get these kinds of projects done,” said Mr Billman.

“The ground is now fenced, and we have our truck show in November. It’s a win for everyone.

“There’s a couple of people who put in a lot of work like Rotarian Robert McClure from R&R McClure Excavation, who spent a lot of his time down there on his loader. Committee of Management President Brad Cross also put in a lot of effort and hours on the ground.

“It was a good project to be involved in – Rotary wasn’t out of pocket and Council saved a heap of money by allowing us to coordinate it,” he said.

Mr Billman also recognised the contribution of former Rotary President Robert Cordy and volunteers from a local youth group who helped to remove the existing fence. Castlemaine Rotary Club has committed further funds to complete the improvements.

The reserve is available for hire through the Campbells Creek Committee of Management on 0418 381 793.

Image: Campbells Creek Recreation Reserve Committee of Management President Brad Cross, Cr Robin Taylor and former President of the Rotary Club of Castlemaine Max Billman inspect the new fence.

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