Table dedicated in Lions Park

Members of Mr Gower’s family attended the dedication, with Lions district governor Anita Culpitt, Catholic College Sale student Lucy 
McParland, Wellington Shire councillor Darren McCubbin, Sale Lions president Aidan Wade, and one of Mr Gower’s former colleagues, Mat Johns.

Members of Mr Gower’s family attended the dedication, with Lions district governor Anita Culpitt, Catholic College Sale student Lucy McParland, Wellington Shire councillor Darren McCubbin, Sale Lions president Aidan Wade, and one of Mr Gower’s former colleagues, Mat Johns.

AS part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, Sale Lions Club rededicated the Lions Park on Dawson St, Sale.

The original plaque was unveiled by district governor Anita Culpitt and Wellington Shire councillor Darren McCubbin, as well as Sale Lions Club president Aidan Wade and charter member Brian Cantwell.

A picnic table built by Catholic College Sale Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning students was also unveiled, recognising Lion Peter Gower, who died in 2015.

The park was originally a retention pond on the outskirts of town, but was cleaned up and turned into a recreational area by the Lions in the 1970s.

It is currently home to the Sale Little Athletics Club and Wellington Hockey Club, and features a running track, tennis courts, playground, and barbecue.

There are plans to redevelop the park, as the clubs will eventually move to the Gippsland Regional Sports Complex, and the Lions are keen to give more to the community through the park.

Cr McCubbin said the park's design was especially significant.

"I sit on the land use planning committee, and the initiative of Lions to create this open space that was also a water retention area ... has become the template for us as we move forward," he said.

"We're currently looking at recreational land on the other side that's linked to residential land, and I can tell you it is millions of dollars to create this sort of park complex that drains water away from the residential development, $30 to $40, up to a hundred million."

Mr Wade added that many people may not know the park was a Lions initiative.

"We've let the place go; it's in need of a lot of TLC," he said.

"Wellington Shire Council have recognised the problem and decided to embark on a major project to upgrade Lions park."

While the project would take several years, Mr Wade said the club was committed to helping in any way it could.

The picnic table was a good example of how the Lions could work with the community, and having members of Mr Gower's family present made the unveiling extra special.

Mr Wade said Mr Gower was an inspiration and the reason he got into Lions in the first place, and the table was a way to honour his service to the community.

"He was the perfect gentleman," he said.

"I can't thank the family enough for sharing Peter with us."

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