Works will help drive more vis­i­tors to McCormack Park

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE -

THE main spec­ta­tor en­trance at McCormack Park will be up­graded af­ter the Mans­field Shire Coun­cil gen­er­ously agreed to in­stall drainage pipes and lay gravel as part of on­go­ing com­mu­nity works.

In the last 12 months, the small sec­tion of road­way has been used by more than 6000 peo­ple – both on foot and in ve­hi­cles.

“The Mer­ri­jig Cam­p­draft As­so­ci­a­tion ap­proached coun­cil, ask­ing if it would be pos­si­ble for the en­gi­neer­ing depart­ment to as­sist with in-kind works to up­grade an ex­ist­ing ac­cess track to the grounds of McCormack Park,” ex­plained shire as­sets and GIS co­or­di­na­tor, Robert Graves.

“Coun­cil in­spected the area of the pro­posed works and could see that there were clear drainage is­sues in one area, and that the track - although graded by coun­cil last year- was in need of ex­tra gravel.

“Over­all, it was felt that the small amount of work and ma­te­rial re­quired would im­prove the vis­i­tor and com­peti­tor ex­pe­ri­ence.”

McCormack Park is host to sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant events, in­clud­ing the Mer­ri­jig Rodeo, Fam­ily Fun Day, Mer­ri­jig Cam­p­draft, the Moun­tain Cat­tle­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion Get To­gether and this year, the planned Aus­tralian Four Day En­duro Cham­pi­onships.

“These events con­trib­ute to the over­all mix of at­trac­tions within the shire with con­se­quent com­mu­nity and eco­nomic ben­e­fits,” Mr Graves said.

“The in-kind works that coun­cil will un­der­take on the track are grad­ing, adding gravel and a small cul­vert.

“Ini­tial works have com­menced, but the re­main­der of the work is on hold for a cou­ple of weeks un­til the track dries out some more.”

Mer­ri­jig Cam­p­draft As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary, An­drea Pick­ett, said she was pleased the Shire had re­sponded so quickly to their re­quest.

“The track is used not just by us, but by all user groups as well – it is the main ac­cess route for spec­ta­tors and any food ven­dors at events, so it’s re­ally im­por­tant the ac­cess is clear and easy.”

Pres­i­dent of the McCormack Park Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee and also one of the key or­gan­is­ers of the Jan­uary MCAV Get To­gether, Bruce McCormack, said any track im­prove­ments were ap­pre­ci­ated.

“As time goes by, more and more peo­ple are want­ing to hold event’s at McCormack Park,” he said.

“The en­trance that is be­ing up­graded is the one most fre­quently used, so we are re­ally pleased the Shire has of­fered to han­dle what can be a very wet sec­tion of track.”

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