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Cussen Park prepares for 20th anniversary

News article released on Tuesday 11 June 2013

One of Tatura’s most highly prized public assets will soon celebrate its twentieth anniversary.

After twenty years under the previous committee which oversaw the development of the park over the last twenty years, a new management committee is now in place under modified council requirements, and the preparation for the 20th anniversary in October is high on its list of priorities.

Cussen Park is a unique 33 ha bushland park on the northern side of Tatura and is a highly valued community asset. It is used extensively by members of the community for recreational use (walking, jogging and cycling), as a place to enjoy bird watching or to gather for a family picnic.

Cussen Park is also home to a large number of species of native animals and plants and is a particularly important refuge for numerous species of wetland birds.

According to committee chair Simon Cowan, the main role of the committee is advising Council about a range of issues important to managing Cussen Park, including maintenance of park facilities, upkeep native vegetation and habitat, wetland watering, weed eradication and community use of park.  ]

“It’s also important that committee helps to monitor seasonal climatic conditions in the park and that it supports Council to make sure that management of the park adapts to these changes over time”, said Mr Cowan.

One of exciting tasks keeping the committee busy is the upcoming 20 year anniversary of Cussen Park, which will be held on the 6th of October this year.

“This will be a great chance to acknowledge the many years of commitment and effort put in by park volunteers and an opportunity for the community of Tatura to celebrate a real jewel in our region, “added Mr Cowan.

The Cussen Park Advisory Committee was successfully appointed following a public call for nominations late last year.

Members of the advisory committee are: Greg Smith, Lydia Drake, Yvette Williams, Terry Court, Graham Parton, Alfred Heuperman, Simon Cowan and Greg McKenzie.