Students lend a hand to Leagues Club Field totems

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, with Chertsey Primary School students at Leagues Club Field

Handprints of Central Coast schoolchildren are to be stenciled on to hardwood totems at the redeveloped Leagues Club field in Gosford by a local Darkinjung artist.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said community engagement was at the forefront of the project.

“This is a fun and COVID-safe way for kids to play a part in its development,” he said.

“Students from Chertsey Primary School in Springfield will be the first to make their mark on Leagues Club Field by lending their hands to be copied onto the totem poles.”

The 14 totems represent the Aboriginal Peoples of the Central Coast and will surround a community hub, inspired by a traditional dance ground.

Crouch said the redeveloped Leagues Club Field would tell the stories of the region’s past and be a testament to the region’s natural resources and workforce.

“We expect the $10M transformation of Leagues Club Field will be a real hit with local families,” he said.

“When completed, it will feature picnic areas, play equipment, a sporting field, pathways and a tidal pool.

“A unique tidal water play area will be adorned with sandstone animal designs modelled on carvings at Kariong’s Bulgandry art site, rope play equipment is reminiscent of a fish trap and boats will represent Brisbane Water’s history as a key boat-building site.

“With almost all of the construction workers being Central Coast-based, this truly is a space created by locals for locals to enjoy.”

Work is expected to continue until late this year.

Source:
Media release, Jul 23
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch

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