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Community event to celebrate opening of Eaglehawk Play Space this Sunday

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Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke will officially open the new Eaglehawk Regional Play Space on the shores of Lake Neangar at 11am this coming Sunday September 16, 2018 and everyone is welcome to attend.

Local service clubs and community groups are supporting the opening with stalls to provide food and drinks to purchase.  There will also be information stands and fun activities for all on offer.

Greater Bendigo Mayor Cr Margaret O’Rourke said the City has built a play space that has never been seen in Greater Bendigo before. 

“It’s a very special place and while it’s unique to Eaglehawk we do expect it will attract families from throughout the region and beyond,” Cr O’Rourke said.

Shaped like a giant eagle hawk, the new play space caters to children of all ages. The play space is multi zoned with both passive and active areas for children with various skill and abilities.  It features custom designed play equipment inspired by the famous Banjo Patterson poem Mulga Bill’s Bicycle which starts with the line “Twas Mulga Bill from Eaglehawk” and a butterfly themed junior play area called Where Angels Play to celebrate the life of baby Zayden Veal Whitting. 

The play space includes equipment for swinging, spinning and sliding with adventure and movement play, a series of pathways, extensive tree planting, landscaping and picnic and barbecue facilities for the whole family to enjoy.

It also features five shade shelters including three butterfly shade shelters, an eagle barbecue shelter and cantilever shade shelter,  60 new trees, nine custom picnic settings, five barbecue hotplates, two drinking fountains, 12 bench seats, seven swings, five slides, carousel, story book, cubby, sand pit and a double flying fox.

The play space has been funded by the City of Greater Bendigo and includes a $120,000 contribution from local community groups - Empowering Eaglehawk, Borough Club, Eaglehawk Rotary, Eaglehawk UFS Dispensary, Bendigo Regional YMCA, Y Service Club of Eaglehawk, Y Women Service Club, Eaglehawk Lions Club, Bendigo Bank, Villawood Properties and the Family and Friends of Baby Zayden Veal Whitting.

The community support has allowed the City to include some exciting and distinctly Eaglehawk elements into the space including special medallions that recognise their contribution to the play space.

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