By Mitchell Clarke
Community members joined councillors and politicians at a sod turning ceremony in Gembrook which marked the beginning of works on a $1.5 million play space and skate park upgrade.
Federal Member for Latrobe Jason Wood joined Cardinia Shire mayor Graeme Moore to officially launch works for the Gembrook Leisure Park project.
The upgrades to the park will include a new adventure playground, a multi-use sports court and a state-of-the-art skate park.
Jason Wood said the project was a significant investment in building a stronger economy and driving jobs for the long term.
“The existing play space and skate facilities need a major upgrade so they can offer valuable unstructured play and sporting opportunities for the community,” Mr Wood said.
“The upgrade will meet the needs of the growing local community and provide an important attraction for visitors to the area as Gembrook grows in popularity as tourist destination.
“The upgrade of this playground will bring many healthy, happy hours to the children of Gembrook and help to make their experience a more enjoyable one.”
Cardinia Shire Council, state government and federal government have all put $500,000 towards the project.
State government’s funding came as part of the Growing Suburbs fund with Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing stating the fund has invested more than $18.5 million into Cardinia Shire Council projects.
“The Growing Suburbs Fund helps councils build great local facilities for their communities such as town centres, parks, community centres and playgrounds,” Ms Shing said.
Minister for Local Government Adem Somyurek said the fund is fast-tracking critical community facilities.
“We are getting on with helping communities like Gembrook get the facilities they need so they can continue to thrive in the face of future challenges such as population growth and changing demographics.”
The works began on Tuesday 20 August and the park is expected to be completed by November.