Calliope set for refurbished park with help from all

SUPPORTERS: Bendigo Bank is giving $55,000 to Bunting Park Calliope for a new barbecue area. Pictured are Val Gale, Robbie Williams, Janine Neill-Ballantine, Graig Butler, Kath Cockburn, Sue Daw, Jenny Hart, Jo Hill and Judy Spencer.
SUPPORTERS: Bendigo Bank is giving $55,000 to Bunting Park Calliope for a new barbecue area. Pictured are Val Gale, Robbie Williams, Janine Neill-Ballantine, Graig Butler, Kath Cockburn, Sue Daw, Jenny Hart, Jo Hill and Judy Spencer. Mike Richards

BUNTING Park is due to undergo a major facelift, thanks to the support of Calliope District and Community Bank, CWA, Gladstone Regional Council and the local community.

What began as a suggestion during a community forum several years ago is expected to result in the construction of a large shelter shed, gas barbecues and seating.

A $55,000 donation will transform the recreational opportunities for local kindergartens, schools, families and travellers.

Calliope and District Enterprises chairman Robbie Williams said the donation was largely community-driven, and progress was expected to be swift.

"The initial proposal was for several smaller shelters to be constructed, but as a result of community consultation, it was thought that one larger shelter would provide better results," he said.

"With other works provided by council, these facilities will provide a focal point for community activities, with families able to enjoy a parkland setting with family orientated facilities to use."

Mr Williams emphasised the project was the direct result of proactive community members.

"This would not have happened without the support of the community," he said.

"It must be remembered that the board cannot undertake these projects without the support of the community using the Calliope Community Bank.

"The more support we get from people using the bank means the more we can provide back to the community."

As one of the most-used parks in the Calliope district, the popularity of Bunting Park is expected to increase with new developments.

Mr Williams invited applications and proposals for further community incentives either via the Bendigo Bank website or through their local branch.

"We currently have more than $250,000 vested with the Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation and would encourage community groups to make application for funding for suitable projects," he said.

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