Mildura Weekly : Friday May 13 Vol 10 No 27
NEWS 15 FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU ONE of Red Cliffs’ historic re- minders of the township’s pio- neering past has been given a new lease on life by the Red Cliffs Lions Club. The Red Cliffs Gazebo in Barclay Square has fallen into disrepair in recent years, with the pavilion’s roof structure in particular needing attention due to sections of rotting wood. The issue was brought to the Lions Club’s attention by well known Sunraysia fund- raiser John Burfitt, who donates some of his spare time walking through Barclay Square clean- ing up litter and other rubbish, which is when he noticed the state of the pavilion. Red Cliffs Lions Club mem- ber Tom Fagan said the project immediately appealed to mem- bers. “We thought, yes, this is a way of showing respect to our pioneers – because the pavil- ion was built to celebrate the amount of work women did in this area during its pioneer days – so we started out by going into the community and not only asking for permission to do the works, but to ask for advice in terms of what the community wanted,” Mr Fagan said. “We worked with the Nexus Club of Red Cliffs, focus groups and Mildura Rural City Council to come up with a plan, so it’s really been a community effort.” The resulting arrangement saw Mildura Rural City Council supply materials for the proj- ect, including all the timber, while Lions Club members per- formed the work. Red Cliffs Lions Club presi- dent, Andrew Hamilton, said he and more than half a dozen of his members spent just over a week repairing and replacing parts of the wooden structure before painting it and then erecting a tin roof, which was a new feature added to the pa- vilion. “It was an open shade struc- ture before, but we decided to install a tin roof to provide proper shelter,” Mr Hamilton said, adding that it was part of a broader push to bring more people into the township. “We’re hoping facilities such as this will draw more people into our community,” he said. “You have people passing through the district, people with RVs and so on, and we’d like to expand on infrastruc- ture projects like this so people spend more time here.” Those plans include the possible in- stallation of a barbecue as part of the gazebo in the future. Mr Hamilton said the Red Cliffs Gazebo was among a raft of both fund-raising and infra- structure projects the Red Cliffs Lions Club took on each year. Red Cliffs Lions build on town’s pioneering past • ON THE JOB: Red Cliffs Lions Club president, Andrew Hamilton, with fellow Lions members Steve Hicks and Tom Fagan. need to make a deposit? pop into your local post Office* Withdraw and deposit cash and cheques#, and check your account balance with Australia Post’s Bank@Post service. With the Big 4 Banks and many more financial institutions you can get even more done at your local Post Office. *3,500 participating Post Offices in the Australia Post network. # Limits apply. Contact your financial institution for more information and check the account terms and conditions to see if charges apply.
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