Green Flag Award for Rosalind Park
Launched in the UK in 1996, the Green Flag Award transformed the UK’s green spaces. It was introduced to reverse the decline in the quality of parks that happened in the 1970s and 1980s and it has worked.
The Green Flag Award scheme now recognises and rewards well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces around the world.
In Australia the Green Flag Award is managed by Parks and Leisure Australia - the leading industry association for professionals in the sector.
City of Greater Bendigo Parks and Open Space Manager Paul Gangell said Rosalind Park is one of only two parks outside of a capital city and one of only 10 green spaces in Australia to have received a Green Flag award.
“As the international standard for parks and green spaces, holding a Green Flag Award brings with it a vast amount of prestige. It is also an excellent example of civic achievement and it provides communities with a great sense of civic pride,” Mr Gangell said.
“The City of Greater Bendigo has made a considerable investment in Rosalind Park over many years with some recent projects including restoration of heritage fencing along View Street, restoration of a number of the park’s statues and monuments including the Vahland drinking fountain, replacement tree planting along the Bendigo Creek, installation of new irrigation and turf near the poppet head and a range of major improvements to the Queen Elizabeth Oval and Faith Leech Aquatic Centre.
“We are absolutely delighted that our wonderful heritage park has been recognised in this way,” Mr Gangell said.
Parks and Leisure Australia CEO Mark Band said green spaces are often the one place that brings people from different backgrounds together by providing them with somewhere to meet and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
"It's now more important than ever that people have access to quality parks and green spaces to ensure we can all lead healthy lives and Rosalind Park is certainly a great example of this’ Mr Band said.
“I congratulate the City of Greater Bendigo on receiving the International Green Flag Award for Rosalind Park. It’s quite an achievement.”