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Community vote on new name for their park

A NAME is giving new life to the green space in the heart of Clarendon Vale, with the Clarence Plains community having named the area the ‘Clarendon Vale Community Park’ with the support of One Community Together (OCT).

Sitting in the heart of Clarendon Vale, this large grassed area was identified as being under-utilised, with Clarence City Council recently completing an upgrade to the footpaths and accessways.

One Community Together is a local community collective of residents, community groups and service providers that are working together to support their welcoming, proud, safe and attractive Clarence Plains community.

One of OCT’s focus teams, ‘Community Spaces’, identified improved pathways and lighting in the green spaces in Clarence Plains as an important first step, but also recognised a need to foster community ownership of the green spaces as a valued part of the local landscape.

Clarence Plains residents were invited to suggest names through a ‘Name Your Space’ competition, with a chance to win one of three $50 gift vouchers.

There were 43 entries, but the list was narrowed down to 15, with the community asked to vote for their three favourite names.

Clarendon Vale Community Park received the most votes and was submitted for endorsement by Council and was approved.

Three signs have been installed by Council at the main entrance off Mockridge Road, with a further sign near the skate park planned at a later stage.

One Community Together will invite the community to take part in the design and installation of a feature sign and landscaping at the main entrance off Mockridge Road.

Enhancements that will be made to the park in the future include the installation of 45 solar lights, planting of 100 native trees and setting up community bush tucker and edible gardens.

One Community Together will work with Council staff and the Tranmere and Clarence Plains Land and Coast Care group in the coming months to organise community working bees to design, create and grow these gardens for the community.

Caption: From left, community members Nayton, Linda, Deb, Gav, Shannon, Caleb, Bill and Charlotte the dog at the Clarendon Vale Community Park sign.