Promis­ing to make splash

Benalla Ensign - - Victorian State Election 2018 -

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.

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