Perked up over Coongulla park works

THE dreams of the Coongulla Community Representative Group and thousands of tourists who love the town are about to come true with a $120,000 upgrade of the park.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said the upgrade was an important priority for a group of passionate local residents.

“For a long time the Coongulla Community Representative Group has been asking for support to help it make the park a better place and we’ve been listening,” he said.

“Once the work is complete, the park will be better suited for a broad range of local events like paddys’ markets and the annual Melbourne Cup celebrations.

“The $120,000 upgrade to the park facilities is being funded by an $80,000 State Government grant, with the remaining $40,000 being contributed by Wellington Shire Council.

“The new facilities will include children’s play space fencing, gravel paths, seats and a barbecue shelter,” Mr Bull said.

“This community has been on edge in recent weeks with the fire threat and I am delighted to be able to announce this important project for the town.

“Visitors are attracted to Coongulla because of its proximity to Glenmaggie Weir, and the upgraded park will make their time here more enjoyable.”

The State Government contribution came from the $100 million Putting Locals First program, which is one component of the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund.

´╗┐For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.