MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 18th October, 2018
LABOUR GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FUNDING PLEDGE TO ROMSEY ECOTHERAPY PARK
Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc (REP) committee members were delighted with this morning’s announcement in Romsey of the Andrews’ Labour Government’s funding pledge of $718,000 towards further implementation of the Romsey Ecotherapy Park.
This commitment compliments the $80,000 grant pledged in 2017 by the Lancefield and Romsey Community bank branches of the Bendigo bank towards the Sensory Therapeutic Space. Minister for Regional Development, Jaala Pulford, made the announcement on site at Romsey Ecotherapy Park flanked by State MLA for Macedon, Mary-Anne Thomas.
Macedon Ranges Shire Council was represented by CEO Margot Stork, Karen Stevens (Director Community Wellbeing), Rod Clough (Manager Recreation and Sport), East Ward Councillors Natasha Gayfer, Bill West and Henry Bleeck.
REP President, Ms. Raelene Mottram said, “Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc committee members are absolutely thrilled with this funding promise, albeit contingent on election outcome. This has come hot on the heels of the Pick My Project success 2 weeks ago which saw $200,000 secured for the Climbing Forest installation early next year. With the Park’s momentum truly rolling along, Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc is now undertaking a public campaign to seek corporate and philanthropic support to expediently facilitate this regionally significant health and wellbeing resource’s completion.”
Ms. Mottram also acknowledged the support of Macedon Ranges Shire Council and the founding members’ of the Park’s committee which was formed (initially as “Greater Romsey All Abilities Park Inc) almost 10 years ago. “The germination of an idea, its development and the subsequent commitment to the Park vision is a wonderful demonstration of persistence and resilience driven by vision.”
President: Raelene Mottram
Ph. 0429 928908
Secretary: Joanne Cooper
Ph. 0409 389697