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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Fawcett-Smith

Community Celebrates Norfolk Lakes Beautification

The beautification of Norfolk Lakes in Narangba by Moreton Bay Regional Council, Norfolk Lakes Neighbourhood Watch and two local artists will be celebrated at a Movie in the Park on Saturday, March 10.

In the second half of last year, Norfolk Lakes underwent a vital upgrade to boost flood resilience and enhance the lake’s amenity and water quality. The $1.75 million lake renewal and spillway upgrade funded by Council included construction of a spillway and weir, dredging and reconfiguration of the lake depth, landscape works, and the construction of maintenance access tracks and boat ramps.

“I am very excited about the delivery and completion of this project,” says Councillor for Division 11 Darren Grimwade. “I have had a long-term vision to beautify and connect the recreational areas in Narangba, and at the heart of this vision is the beautification of the Lake, which forms the centre point of an extensive path network that joins together the many recreational areas.”

Norfolk Lakes Neighbourhood Watch Group Area Coordinator, Barbara Moloney, is looking forward to joining the community in celebrating the improvements to the lake area at the Movie in the Park, which will feature a jumping castle, face painting, food and drinks available for purchase, and a special starlight movie screening of ‘Cars 3’ [G].

“The council have spent a very large amount of money upgrading the lake, and so we’re celebrating that. We’ll also be acknowledging the work of two wonderful artists, Dorle and Gary Hannam, who have donated incredible time and talent to putting artwork in the park over the last 10 years or so.”

The latest artwork bequeathed by Dorle and Gary are three mosaic tile murals that have been installed on the exterior of the park’s public toilet. Inspired by the park’s abundant fauna and flora, the artworks feature water lilies; a landscape of the lake, mountains and trees; and a fish, bird and sun.

Explains Dorle, “We’ve lived here for 13 or 14 years, we’ve been involved with Norfolk Lakes NHW since it started, and we’re both artists, so it seemed natural to us to look at things that looked a bit grotty or that needed doing, and try to make it a bit nicer and more attractive to young people so they wouldn’t graffiti it.”

Cr Grimwade says, “I want to thank Dorle and Gary for the amazing pieces of artwork they have contributed to the Norfolk Lakes area. The improvements to the toilet block and table tops inside the gazebos will be very much enjoyed by many people for years to come.”

The weekend before the Movie in the Park, Norfolk Lakes will undergo its tenth annual Clean Up Australia Day facelift thanks to Norfolk Lakes NHW. From 8am to 10am on Sunday, March 4, a small army of volunteers will descend on the park to clean up, fix up and conserve the lake environment.

“We feel very strongly that if you keep an area clean - particularly a park - you get less crime, less graffiti and less antisocial behaviour, so that’s the premise that we operate on,” explains Barbara. “Last year we had a very good roll up of forty plus people, and I was very pleased to see the local high school participate. We hope we get the same response this year because it was a great clean up.”

Cr Grimwade says, “Norfolk Lakes NHW must be congratulated for their continued support of Clean Up Australia Day and their ongoing efforts in cleaning graffiti from the local park infrastructure. They have played a very important community role in assisting in the design and planning of this area, and have provided many hours of volunteer time working alongside Council to ensure the Norfolk Lake area remains clean and tidy.”

The next Norfolk Lakes NHW meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Tuesday, May 15, at the Harris Avenue Sports Complex.

Movie in the Park

Date: Saturday, March 10 Time: 4pm to 9pm Movie starts: 6:30pm Location: Norfolk Lakes Park, MacDonald Drive, Narangba Cost: Free


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