Tatura’s Cussen Park celebrated its 20th anniversary on Sunday with more than 70 people, including many children attending the event, which involved a bird walk and brunch.By Bob Nicol
It was a similar story on Friday evening for the after-dark walk in the park led by Transition Tatura’s Nickee Freeman, which attracted 50 people including a number of children,
Organiser Ross Musolino said the evening went well.
‘‘We saw lots of critters, mainly spiders,’’ he said.
Cussen Park, originally a wasteland, is a unique 33 ha bushland park on the northern side of Tatura and is used extensively by members of the community for recreational use (walking, jogging and cycling), as a place to enjoy bird watching or to gather for a family picnic.
It is also home to a large number of species of native animals and plants and is a particularly important refuge for numerous species of wetland birds.
Committee chair Simon Cowan said the main role of the committee was to advise council about a range of issues important to managing Cussen Park, including maintenance of park facilities, upkeep of native vegetation and habitat, wetland watering, weed eradication and community use of the park.
‘‘It’s also important that the committee helps to monitor seasonal climatic conditions in the park and that it supports council to make sure that management of the park adapts to these changes over time,’’ he said.
‘‘Sunday’s celebrations were an opportunity to thank and acknowledge the countless volunteers and community members who have contributed to, and enjoyed what has become known as the ‘Park for the People’ for the past 20 years.’’
Sunday’s activities got underway early with a bird walk and talk with BirdLife Murray-Goulburn Branch (an Activities in the Park program), and was followed by brunch, the official welcome, and unveiling of a plaque by Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Jenny Houlihan.
Cr Houlihan said she was pleased to be at the park on such a beautiful morning.
She acknowledged the massive amount of work, some 50 000 volunteer hours, that had gone into the park to make it what it is today.
Cr Houlihan highlighted the work done by the committee and congratulated the community for its support of the project over the past 20 years.
‘‘The vision of the Tatura community has seen this site become a local icon,’’ she said.
‘‘Projects like this don’t happen without trials and setbacks to find the right balance to achieve the perfect result and providing an environmental and social place for all to enjoy.’’
Mr Cowan also thanked those involved in organising Sunday’s event and sponsors.
‘‘The development of Cussen Park didn’t just happen without the support of many people,’’ he said.
Mr Cowan singled out Terry Court for his involvement in the park’s development, who was presented with a gift of three framed photos by Greg Smith.
Mr Court also cut a specially decorated anniversary cake.
Ross and Sean Musolino, Hannah Musolino (Adelaide), Mike Parks (Bundaberg), Marie Knight (Melbourne), Dorothy Mattner (Cudgee) and Don Roberts (Birdlife Murray Goulburn Branch) enjoyed Sunday’s bird walk at Cussen Park. Pictures: Bob Nicol
Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Jenny Houlihan, with Simon Cowan, unveiled a plaque on Sunday.
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