Sec­ond life forPage Trafal­gar re­serve

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A lin­ear re­serve in Trafal­gar that was al­most sold off as ex­cess coun­cil land two years ago will be for­merly named.

The lin­ear re­serve run­ning be­tween Ed­ward Cres and Cross Sts will be named Hol­ly­dell Park.

Baw Baw Shire Coun­cil has ap­proved for­mal­is­ing the name and also will be­gin the process of re­zon­ing the land to pub­lic park and recre­ation.

Coun­cil also will pro­vide fund­ing in its 2018/19 bud­get to pro­vide in­ter­pre­tive sig­nage at the park, out­lin­ing the his­tory of the name Hol­ly­dell.

A re­port to coun­cil said the re­serve was part of the open space con­tri­bu­tion when the sur­round­ing land was de­vel­oped in the 1980s.

The land is cur­rently zoned gen­eral res­i­den­tial. The ar­eas has re­mained un­de­vel­oped and un­der­utilised since be­ing pro­vided as pub­lic open space.

The land was owned and farmed by the O’Meara fam­ily from the 1930s. Mal O’Meara still lives within the vicin­ity of lin­ear re­serve.

Nam­ing the park was in re­sponse to a let­ter re­ceived from the Trafal­gar Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion propos­ing sev­eral con­cepts for the re­serve – in­clud­ing a name that rep­re­sented the O’Meara fam­ily.

The name Hol­ly­dell is closely as­so­ci­ated with the O’Meara fam­ily, be­ing the name of the fam­ily prop­erty.

Coun­cil of­fi­cers said the names was ac­cept­able to the com­mu­nity and the O’Meara fam­ily.

Let­ters were sent to 84 res­i­dents with 33 re­sponses re­ceived. All re­sponses sup­ported the name of Hol­ly­dell Park.

Cr Dar­ren Wal­lace said it was not that long ago this re­serve was pro­posed to be sold, which saw the lo­cal res­i­dents unite in their op­po­si­tion and some were quite hos­tile about los­ing their park.

He said this “piece of par­adise” had been trans­formed into an open space that has great po­ten­tial given its lo­ca­tion to foot­paths, houses, schools and the off-the-leas dog walk­ing area.

“It is a flat blank can­vas that could be­come some­thing spe­cial,” he said.

Cr Michael Leaney said from a brand­ing point of view, nam­ing the area Hol­ly­dell Park was much bet­ter than it be­ing known as a lin­ear re­serve.

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