Pat Cullen reserve with new wheelchair access

Barry Murphy (Kiamma Creek Landcare), Isabel Nelson (Gullen Range wind farm), Mayor Brian McCormack, Simon Zhao (Gullen Range wind farm) and Sam Pace (Crookwell High School). Photo Bronwyn Haynes.
Barry Murphy (Kiamma Creek Landcare), Isabel Nelson (Gullen Range wind farm), Mayor Brian McCormack, Simon Zhao (Gullen Range wind farm) and Sam Pace (Crookwell High School). Photo Bronwyn Haynes.

With platypus sightings in Kiamma Creek lately, and now a new access ramp for wheelchairs, you have even more reason to enjoy the Pat Cullen reserve running alongside the creek.

A new disabled wheelchair access ramp was jointly funded with $16,065.95 from the Gullen Range Wind Farm Community Fund, $10,000 from Upper Lachlan Shire Council, $8,921 under the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program and $1,000 from the Kiamma Creek Landcare, which also contributed work in-kind.

The Landcare group held the official opening with special guests, Upper Lachan Mayor McCormack, Mr Zhao and his wife from Gullen Range wind farm.

Local artists Marg Shepherd and Sally Wilson were in attendance.

Mrs Shepherd and Miss Wilson will be coordinating the High School students who will be painting the art works on the side of the ramp. The two students in attendance were Catherine Sharpe and Sam Pace.

One of the highlights of the day was Paddles the Platypus (aka Mark Selmes, environmentalist) drifting down the creek in a rubber dingy.

Bush poetry was heard from Kath Edwards from Newcastle, John Bowring from Crookwell and Mike Delaney from Laggan who was also the emcee.

The barbecue was provided by Deneile Murphy and Tracey Anderson.

The Landcare group will host another, similar event, once the artworks are completed on the walls of the ramp, hopefully in the New Year.