Community Bank provides support for Hammon Park

Published on 21 July 2022

Hammon Park Community Bank announcement

Children of all ages will benefit from a generous donation of $250,000 from the Community Bank Creswick & District towards construction of the nature play area at the Hammon Park Trailhead in Creswick.

Community Bank Creswick & District Chair Marcus Walsh and other bank representatives met with Hepburn Shire Mayor and Creswick Ward Councillor Tim Drylie, Creswick Ward Councillor Don Henderson, Council staff and members of VOGA Cycle Club at the site to announce the funding.

Cr Drylie said the trailhead is an exciting project for the Shire, and that Council was extremely grateful for the generous injection of funds.

“The trail nature play area will be an incredible place for children to explore and have fun. We really appreciate this investment from Community Bank Creswick & District, and how they are giving back to the community in this way,” said Cr Drylie.

“The redevelopment of Hammon Park will be a real jewel in our Shire, and a drawcard for generations to come. The nature play area is sure to be highlight for children and families,” he said.

The Community Bank Nature Play area will feature imaginative play elements including music play, log steppers, rope climber and whimsical shelter.

“Today’s announcement further demonstrates the deep connection we have with our community,” said Mr Walsh.

“It is a great reminder of the good that banking locally can do when profits are returned to benefit local people and their communities. This grant is just another important investment we’ve made locally since we opened our doors in 2007 and is on top of the more than $1.5 million already returned to our community,” he said.

Construction of the Hammon Park Trailhead is underway, with the bike jumps course almost complete. Excavation of the carpark, paths, play areas and learn to ride section is also underway.

Hammon Park will serve as the sole trailhead for the Creswick Trails, a network of 60 kilometres of mountain bike trail through the parkland and forests near Creswick. The tender for Creswick Trails was released in early July.

At the Council meeting in June, Council awarded a contract to construct the new public amenities block and changing place at Hammon Park to GR Design and Construct.

The expected completion date for the Hammon Park trailhead is November 2022. The project is funded by Council, the Community Bank and a $2.1 million grant from Regional Development Victoria through the Regional Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

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Image caption: Cr Don Henderson, Michael Veal (VOGA), Bradley Thomas (Council), Mayor Cr Tim Drylie, Marcus Walsh (Community Bank), David Tannard (VOGA), Janine Booth (Community Bank), John Collins (Community Bank), Alison Breach (Council) and Bruce Lucas (Council).