Work out or re­lax at Goughs Bay rest sta­tion

Mansfield Courier - - COURIER OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By RHYLL McCOR­MACK

ON a con­demned toi­let block site, the Goughs Bay com­mu­nity has cre­ated some­thing won­der­ful.

Ris­ing out of the rub­ble, there is now a hub for those look­ing for some­where to rest, to ex­er­cise and to en­joy all that Goughs Bay has to of­fer.

Sev­eral years ago Goul­burn Mur­ray Wa­ter de-com­mis­sioned the old pub­lic toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, leav­ing be­hind a con­crete slab.

Rather than see­ing it as rub­bish, the com­mu­nity de­cided to view the left overs as the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some­thing new - the Alain Guerin Ex­er­cise and Rest Sta­tion was born.

Lo­cated two kilo­me­tres down the walk­ing path, the sta­tion is a cov­ered area that now boasts seat­ing, shade and ex­er­cise equip­ment with in­struc­tions.

Along­side that is the crown­ing glory of the ex­er­cise sta­tion, four art­works by lo­cal res­i­dents.

“It’s a very pop­u­lar walk­ing path and we made the de­ci­sion that we would like a shel­ter, some­where to ex­er­cise and some­thing to look at,” com­mu­nity mem­ber Bob Foster ex­plained.

“We have a huge amount of artis­tic tal­ent in the Goughs Bay area, and we wanted to show­case that, but also show off the lake at the same time.”

En­ter Mary Colvill, Caral Bur­rell, Vicki Com­bridge and Lor­raine Fes­tini.

Each given a strip of tin, the artists cre­ated an im­age of the area in all its dif­fer­ent forms.

One fea­tures a dry lake, a night time scene, the river in­flows and Lake Eil­don in spring.

“We are stoked with the fi­nal re­sult - we couldn’t have imag­ined how well it would turn out,” Mr Forster said.

“This is now a great com­mu­nity as­set and a fan­tas­tic look at what our lo­cal artists are ca­pa­ble of.”

The art­works are en­cased i n poly­car­bon­ate, and mounted i n strik­ing steel pil­lars - mean­ing they de­mand at­ten­tion while bei ng f or­ever pro­tected f r om t he weather.

The Alain Guerin Ex­er­cise and Rest Sta­tion was of­fi­cially opened on Satur­day af­ter­noon as part of the Lake Eil­don Fes­ti­val, by Mans­field Shire mayor Paul Volk­er­ing, with about 70 peo­ple in at­ten­dance.

OF­FI­CIALLY OPEN: The Goughs Bay com­mu­nity of­fi­cially opened its new Alain Guerin Ex­er­cise and Rest Sta­tion on the week­end, which fea­tures four im­pres­sive art­works by lo­cal artists Vicki Com­bridge, Lor­raine Fes­tini, Caral Bur­rell and Mary Covill.

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