Works will help drive more visitors to McCormack Park
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.”