An adventure play park that has been an enormous hit with the locals, that was devised and implemented in a genuine community partnership between Council, local schools, the local rotary club and Men’s Shed volunteers; was given formal recognition recently.
At the Parks and Leisure Australia WA regional awards, the Russell Brown Adventure Park won best Playspace: minor (less than half a million dollars) – the award conferred by Parks and Leisure Australia WA President, Rachel Thorpe at a ceremony on Thursday 16 June 2016. Winners will now progress to the National finals to be held later this year.
The Russell Brown Adventure Park (named after a long-serving community volunteer) came to life through the hard work of a steering committee, comprising the Rotary Club of Mosman Park, the Mosman Park Community Men’s Shed, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls, along with the Town of Mosman Park and through the donation of time and materials from dozens of local volunteers and organisations.
The Park was officially opened and launched by The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Member for Cottesloe; Premier of Western Australia; Minister for Tourism and Science on 27 March 2015; and since then has been extremely well patronised by local people and visitors alike. The family of Russell Brown were on hand, and they were very touched that Russell’s love of the outdoors and his sense of fun and playfulness would be remembered through this enduring tribute.
The design for the park was aided through the input of Nature Based Play, through the expertise of consultant Terry Farrell, who helped bring to life a natural and unstructured play space where local children could have a genuine interaction with nature.
Located in picturesque Minim Cove in Mosman Park, the Russell Brown Adventure Park features trees, cubbies, swings, and a waterway that runs into the Cooling Ponds, which is a favourite with children who use rocks to build dams and use leaves and twigs to build little ‘boats’ that they can race along. With river views, it is an idyllic spot enjoyed by the young and the young at heart.
Mayor of Mosman Park Ron Norris was delighted that the Town’s collaborative achievement was recognised formally, thanking all those who were involved in the project for their contributions.
“I am so pleased that the Russell Brown Adventure Park has been singled out in this way, with the conferring of an award that recognises excellence in the projects that create a sense of place for the community and that delights childhood development, all of which are very fitting for our Park,”
Mayor Norris said. “It is a wonderful example of community partners and volunteers working together toward a common goal – providing nature-based play for our children and grandchildren, which is so crucial for their development. We congratulate all those involved and are keeping our fingers crossed for the national finals.”
About the award
The 2016 Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA) WA Awards showcase the "best of the best" in the Western Australian leisure and parks industry. The winners from each of the eleven award categories were announced at the PLA WA national conference, held on 16 June 2016, with regional winners will progress to the national finals. Conference attendees went on a tour on the Friday of some of the best nominations in Perth, with the Russell Brown Adventure Park being the last destination of their tour.
The Town of Mosman Park’s Russell Brown Adventure Park won the category of “PLAYSPACE: MINOR (<$0.5M) – this award is given to a ‘minor’ project that involves a range of stakeholders, contributes to the creation of a sense of “place” for its local community and exhibits landscape and/or structural design innovation that delights and aids childhood development.
The federal election will be held this Saturday 2 July 2016.
Details of polling stations for the seat of Curtin (local electorate) are as follows:
On the day, vote at St Hildas Primary on McCabe Street, Mosman Park, however if you need to or are eligible to vote early, voting for Curtin Electorate is 531 Hay Street Subiaco from 8:30 to 5:30 today to Friday.
For further details visit http://aec.gov.au and search by postcode or suburb.
9 June 2016
Four iconic Norfolk Pine trees that line Memorial Drive in Mosman Park that had been recently replanted, were rededicated today in an intimate ceremony with family members who shared their memories of their relatives and forged an ongoing connection with the Town and Memorial Park.
In February this year, despite the Town’s best efforts, the trees had reached the end of their natural lives, meaning that new saplings were planted in their place, and just as their relatives had done back in 1934, family members gathered to remember the war service of their forebears.
The names of the servicemen whose memorial trees were rededicated today were:
• #6 planted by Mrs H.C. Press in memory of the fallen members of the Westralia Lodge No.9 P.A.F.S.
• #7 planted by Dagmar John in memory of L/Cpl H. (Harry) John, 43rd Battalion
• #9 planted by Mr C. Clinger in memory of Pte C.A. (Allen) John, 51st Battalion
• #19 planted by Morris Press in memory of Pte W.S. (William Stevens) Press, 16th Battalion
In January, the Town searched for and successfully located members of the Press and John families, who each sent representatives to witness the special occasion and say a few words about those men who went to war a century ago.
The ceremony was led by Town of Mosman Park Mayor, Ron Norris, who shared insights about each of the men that was captured by Dr Neville Green in his book Not Just a Name that recalls the war service of local residents of Mosman Park, then known as Cottesloe Beach. The families were presented with copies of the book as a commemoration of the day.
Also in attendance was President of the Mosman Park Sub Branch of the RSL, Kevin Poynton, who is also CEO of the Town, who praised the good work of his team in striving to preserve the trees and in caring for the new saplings; and the efforts of local historians Sindy Dowden, Community History Librarian at The Grove Library, and Shannon Lovelady of PLC, who assisted in locating relatives of the soldiers. He was joined by Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jenna Ledgerwood and Councillor Zenda Johnson.
Relatives of the Press and John families shared their memories of their uncles and great uncles, recalling their professions and other insights into the lives of the soldiers. Prior to being contacted by the Town, neither family were aware that the memorial trees existed. They expressed their appreciation for the Town in rededicating the trees and preserving their family members’ memories. Mayor Norris promised the families that the living memorials would be carefully cared for, and invited them to visit and to enjoy an ongoing connection with the Town.
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