BARBIE TIME: Tina Skyring, Hollie, 5 and Jack, 11, are excited about the Bunting Park project. They can’t wait for the barbecues to be built, which they will use for Hollie’s sixth birthday party in January.
BARBIE TIME: Tina Skyring, Hollie, 5 and Jack, 11, are excited about the Bunting Park project. They can’t wait for the barbecues to be built, which they will use for Hollie’s sixth birthday party in January. Tegan Annett

Revamped park will be community hub for Calliope

ALMOST $500,000 will be put to creating a community hub for Calliope.

Bunting Park will be developed with two double barbecues, a new basketball court, plants and a bike path.

Mayor Gail Sellers said the project had been talked about for four years.

"I think it will be the centre of the community. I believe people will use it actively for a place for recreation," she said.

"The thing I'm excited about is that the area is already being used, but we're going to make it better so it can involve more age groups from the community."

Resident Tina Skyring has always seen the potential for Calliope.

After living in the region since 2010, she can see the potential of the park to become a community hub.

She moved to the town with her two children, Hollie, 5, and Jack, 11; attracted to the small community lifestyle and friendly people.

"Not every family has the time or finances to jump in the car and drive to Gladstone for the kids to play at a park.

"Having Bunting Park and the facilities that are promised is going to be fantastic for the young families of Calliope," she said.

"I can't think of one negative about this park and the facilities it will have... Other than it could have been built three years ago."

Calliope Bendigo Bank branch manager John Wessling contributed $50,000 towards the project.

Work is expected to be finished in time for Christmas, by December 19.

Gladstone Regional Council has approved Boyd's Bay Landscaping Pty Ltd to carry out landscaping works worth $496,148.



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