Push for park upgrade

Leafy and imposing, Newstead’s historic Memorial Park is popular among many locals and visitors passing through the town – but it’s lack of toilets and even a proper bin is holding it back say more than 370 people who have signed a petition calling for its upgrade.
They’ve presented the petition to Mount Alexander Shire Council calling on the council to install public toilets and upgrade the barbecue, seating area and playground.
With many locals using the park to walk dogs, signatories to the petition would also like to see a doggie-do bag dispenser installed and at least one proper bin as they say the park is heavily used by motorists as a break stop.
Residents had presented the petition to the council at its October meeting and at the council’s November meeting, last week, the matter came before councillors for a formal response.

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.