Work out or relax at Goughs Bay rest station
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.