Community celebrates recreational asset

By Laura Briggs

Mooroopna residents will reap the benefits of newly installed recreational facilities in Stevens Cres.

Greater Shepparton City councillors along with funding partners and residents of Mooroopna gathered at the Stevens Cres park yesterday to celebrate the official opening of the recreational area.

The park includes a basketball court, a picnic area with a stand-alone shelter and nature play elements.

Mayor Kim O’Keeffe was among those who attended, welcoming attendees and expressing her thanks to the 12 organisations who had contributed funds and brought the project to fruition.

‘‘I would like to congratulate everyone involved in this community project, including the community members, the Mooroopna community planning committee and council staff. This asset will undoubtedly be used by the community for many years to come,’’ she said.

Resident Michelle Childs, who lives nearby, initially suggested the idea to have recreational facilities installed through a Facebook post. She was there in celebration of the new facilities.

‘‘It all started because my grandkids would come over to play and they’d say there’s nothing in the park to play with,’’ she said.

The Mooroopna Community Plan Committee together with Greater Shepparton City Council acted upon the suggestion and drove the project to completion.

Mooroopna Community Plan Committee member Nicole Reidy said local residents were given the opportunity to have their say about what they would like to have installed in the park.

She said the basketball ring was a high priority and since being installed had already proven very popular.

‘‘This is an opportunity for our children to play safely, close to home,’’ she said.