$150,000 for Heyfield Apex Park redevelopment

The popular Heyfield Apex Park will get a major overhaul thanks to Victorian Government funding of $150,000 towards a project that will see a number of new and upgraded features, Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull said today.

“The park is the main play area in the town, but has not seen any significant investment for a number of years and the redevelopment project is the result of the community’s desire to have this public space rejuvenated,” Mr Bull said.

“This funding will allow Wellington Shire Council, which is also making a significant contribution of $125,000, to create an open space for the public which facilitates physical activity and social connectedness,” Mr Bull said.

The project will greatly enhance the parkland, which contains infrastructure that is out of date and in some cases not compliant with current standards and these improvements include:

> a new picnic shelter > a new regional play space catering to children from four through to 16 > significant landscaping improvements using low-water-use indigenous plants > solar-powered lighting > improved information signage > better connections to the Gippsland Plains Rail Trail

Mr Bull said he was delighted to be joined by Cr Malcolm Hole at the announcement and Cr Hole reinforced Wellington Shire’s commitment to the project.

Minister for Regional and Rural Development, Peter Ryan, said Victorian Government funding for the $275,000 Heyfield Apex Park Redevelopment project would be provided to Wellington Shire Council through the $1 billion Regional Growth Fund’s Putting Locals First Program.

“Putting Locals First is a $100 million initiative that enables regional communities to devise and deliver service and infrastructure responses that reflect local priorities,” Mr Ryan said.

“It is supporting stronger and more sustainable regional communities by building their capacity to drive development in their region.”

The ‘Heyfield Apex Park Redevelopment’ project is expected to be completed by the end of this year.