• The Hon. Paul Toole MP

TRANSFORMATION FOR PIONEER PARK

Pioneer Park at top end of Main Street in Lithgow has been transformed into a welcoming space for all the community to enjoy.


The makeover of the area was earmarked in Lithgow Shire Council’s Central Business District (CBD) Revitilisation Action Plan.


A NSW Government grant of $120,000 under its Streets as Shared Spaces Program made the project possible and on Saturday Member for Bathurst Paul Toole and Mayor Ray Thompson officially opened a whole new look Pioneer Park.


Families flocked to the special event with kids activities, craft, performances, face painting, live music and even a visit from the Easter Bunny ensuring the day went off a treat.


In the evening, an open air cinema at Pioneer Park with music and food trucks capping off the day’s festivities.


“The success of this project demonstrate how innovative thinking can transform under-utilised space into accessible public spaces for our communities to enjoy,” Mr Toole said.

Mayor Ray Thompson said the renewed park space is part of a larger project to deliver a vibrant and safe Main Street.


“Further work to be completed in April and includes street-scaping at Pioneer Park to include traffic calming measures that will not only deliver a green and welcoming space for pedestrians, but also safer pedestrian links to nearby heritage sites such as History Avenue, Esbank House Museum and the Blast Furnace Park,” he said.


“While work on the park is almost complete, Ludwina Roebuck will be creating new pieces to expand her artwork Birdhouse Wall, bench seats will go in over the next two weeks and the Pioneer Heritage Wall will be installed in late April following a custom design by local artists Phil Sparks.


“The Streets as Shared Spaces Program has also supported a program of changing banners along the length of Main Street.”

Mr Toole said there are several people who deserve to be acknowledged in the Pioneer Park makeover.


These include Jessica Lawn from AborVitea who designed the landscaping, Dean Horton for all the soft landscaping, Ludwina Roebuck for further developing her artwork, Le Grizz for artwork for Christmas banners and Make Smith for developing and programming the events for Saturday’s official opening.