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Pioneer Park thrives through summer

A lot of hard work has gone into Seymour's oldest cemetery.

JOCK MARSHALL March 19, 2014 4:03am

There has been plenty of work at Pioneer Park.


After surviving the hottest, longest, driest summer on record I believe we all deserve a pat on the back for rejuvenating the Pioneer Park and cemetery.

The trees which were well on their way to oblivion are now thriving, the grass is green and the birds are singing. Special thanks must go to a number of people who have contributed their time and expertise to achieving this result. especially Ray Crawley who has spent days in 40°C heat repairing the watering system at no cost to the Friends of Pioneer Park apart from parts and repairs to the control box.

Every week sees small changes to the park through the work of committee members and dedicated Friends of the Pioneer Park.

Many people who work in town have discovered the serenity of the park and it is becoming a popular spot to enjoy lunch, fresh air and a break from the working day.

We can now work towards more planning of improvements to the layout and planting of the gardens. We need to set some goals for 2014 and generate a bit of a cash flow; we have the barbecue at Bunnings Craigieburn in May and June and will try to get some more donations coming in.

The Friends of Pioneer Park Committee has been in operation for six months and we feel it is time to report back to the community. We have a general meeting planned for Wednesday, March 26 at the Uniting Church Hall in Crawford St at 6pm. The following Saturday (March 29) we are planning our first working bee for the year. It will run from 10am to 1pm.

SP AusNet removed and cut up trees and overhanging branches and in turn gave us three truckloads of mulch that our next working bee can spread out. We need to lay out mulch on garden beds and will require trailers to move it around the park. Wheelbarrows, rakes, spades and garden forks will be the order of the day. Even an hour of your time will be a great help. Following the working bee we plan to hold a sausage sizzle to allow everyone to meet each other. We will supply sausages, bread, onions and tomato sauce, tea and coffee. Come and meet your fellow residents and see what has been achieved so far.

In conclusion, we have turned around the park and can continue our efforts to return it to its original glory.

I get plenty of feedback from residents who are returning to the park to enjoy the tranquillity and beauty it provides. Well done to all who have helped.

Any queries, phone Jock Marshall on 57922677.

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