Promising to make splash
Labor has promised that Benalla will be home to a brand new splash park — if they are returned to government in this month’s state election.
Labor candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton joined State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes in Benalla on Friday to make the election promise.
They announced that they would back the project with an $800 000 grant — transforming the disused land behind the Visitor Information Centre that was once part of the outdoor aquatic centre.
The purpose-built park, close to the retail precinct will be a drawcard for the town and connect visitors to local businesses, cafes and other attractions.
‘‘There really is no better location for a free splash park for families to come together, cool off and enjoy the beautiful surrounds of Benalla,’’ Ms DeppelerMorton said.
‘‘Only Labor will deliver for Benalla — we’ve proven that over the last four years, rebuilding local schools, aged care, local roads and sporting facilities across the community.’’
The grant will go towards water fountains, a water bucket, splash-down zones, toilets and showers, landscaping work and new street furniture.
The development of the park will be delivered in partnership between the state government and Benalla Rural City Council.
Acting Benalla Mayor Peter Davis said this was a great partnership and it was really good for the children in our community.
‘‘Whether it’s mothers, fathers or grandparents, they will be able to bring the children down to Benalla on a hot day,’’ Cr Davis said.
‘‘It’s a great area, and this is one of the last things we will do on this site apart from the future visitors information restaurant.’’
The funding builds on the $48 000 announced by Ms Symes earlier in the year, which was used to progress plans for the project — making sure it meets the needs of the local community.
‘‘We’ve seen the success of splash parks in Bright, Yarrawonga and Wangaratta and now its Benalla’s turn,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘As a mum, I know how far parents will travel to keep their little ones occupied, entertained and having fun, the Benalla Splash Park will be a hit with local families.’’
Consultation with local residents will continue before the final designs progress to construction.
In the swim: Labor candidate for Euroa Fionna Deppeler-Morton joined State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes in Benalla on Friday to announce that if re-elected Labor will provide $800 000 for the development of a splash park.