City of Bunbury, State Government and community representatives were delighted to officially open the new-look Kelly Park Playground.
Held on Tuesday, July 10, the official ceremony saw City of Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan and Bunbury MLA Don Punch cut the ribbon in front of residents.
Mr Brennan and Mr Punch talked about Kelly Park’s significance to Carey Park and its indigenous citizens.
Indigenous elder Gloria Dann provided a Welcome to Country during the ceremony.
The area features a revamped playground, new pathways, improved park furniture, and a new barbecue set-up.
The $290,000 project was helped by a collaboration between the City of Bunbury, Carey Park Primary School Students, and local park users.
The State Government contributed $90,000 to the redevelopments, under the Local Projects, Local Jobs initiative.
Mr Punch was pleased to see community members of all ages using the facilities.
“Seeing people really enjoying themselves is always the best part of any commitment,” Mr Punch said.
“There are some more opportunities for the area, and if we can roll those out over time then this will be a great focal point for the area.”
Carey Park residents Karen Turner, Lera Bennell, and Dawn Alone said the newly-redeveloped playground marked the first step towards a brighter future for the suburb.
They said they wanted future developments to feature indigenous names, signage, and artworks.
Recent changes to Carey Park have included new footpaths and crossings.