Many locals will know that the Boolarra Memorial Park is a key community asset for the area, managed and maintained by a dedicated volunteer Committee of Management.
The Park boasts a range of sporting, recreation and community facilities which are well used by a range of groups and community members.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) recently presented Certificates of Recognition to the whole committee in appreciation of their outstanding contribution to the local community.
DELWP’s Acting Regional Manager Land and Built Environment, Pat Lambert said: “What an incredible contribution these dedicated volunteers make to their community.”
Russell McGlade was also recognised individually for 31 years as a member of the committee and for his exceptional commitment to the entire community of Boolarra.
“Russell has been a respected member of the committee since his early 20’s and has a strong feel for the history of the park and the relationships between the various user groups,” Mr Lambert said.
“He has made a huge contribution to the development and maintenance of infrastructure within the reserve, spending thousands of voluntary hours installing fences and waterlines, laying electrical conduits and plumbing, fixing drainage lines, clearing fallen trees, painting stock yards and oval fences.
“We’re all so lucky to have people like ‘Rusty’ in our communities and they all thoroughly deserve the recognition through this program.”
“We value all our Committees of Management enormously as custodians of local public assets like halls and recreation reserves – they put in so much time, effort and expertise into making sure these facilities are maintained and available for all to use and enjoy.”
Rachel Dawkins ,
Media and Communications Adviser,