Tony Evans designs local timber park bench for Kiamma Creek Landcare

Kiamma Creek Landcare group has installed a new park bench at Pat Cullen Reserve on Kiamma Creek as part of the beautification of the area.

The park bench was handcrafted by Tony Evans and is worth about $1500, said Barry Murphy.

Reflections: The handcrafted park bench was made using local timber. Jack Panne, Barry Murphy, Helen Moran, Tony Evans and Gareth Price-Jones.

Reflections: The handcrafted park bench was made using local timber. Jack Panne, Barry Murphy, Helen Moran, Tony Evans and Gareth Price-Jones.

It was made using local Red Gum timber and it took Mr Evans five hours to carve.

He has been practicing chainsaw carving for the past six years, it is a form of art that combines the art of woodcarving and the modern chainsaw.

“He’s an artist,” Mr Murphy said.

Using local bush timber from Golspie, Rugby, and Binda Mr Evans creates outdoor garden pieces.

This is the first time he has made a double bench, he said.

Mr Murphy is one of 30 volunteers that have been working on the Kiamma Creek area.

People from Clifton Village often come and lend a hand with mulching or watering the plants, Mr Murphy said.

The rehabilitation at the creek has seen species of frogs back in the water, and echidnas nesting in the area.

“It’s a sustainable park.

“I call it reflections, you can sit and reflect on your life, or your image, but what I want is to reflect on your future,” Mr Murphy said.

Kiamma Creek beautification: Handcrafted bench seat installation at Pat Cullen Reserve (L-R) Tony Evans, Barry Murphy, Gareth Price-Jones and Jack Panne.

Kiamma Creek beautification: Handcrafted bench seat installation at Pat Cullen Reserve (L-R) Tony Evans, Barry Murphy, Gareth Price-Jones and Jack Panne.

Kiamma Creek Landcare will host “established and up and coming” talent at its annual concert on November 18.

Music in The Park will feature artists Dallas Atkins, One Faith Band, Mud Puddles Jazz Band, Lionel Barber, and Mike Delaney among other local and visiting artists.

The concert includes veterans Crooked Corner Old Time Band.

Crooked Corner Old Time Band have been performing for around 60 years, said Mr Murphy.

Mayor John Stafford will open the concert at 11.30am at Pat Cullen Reserve.

At 2.30pm Councillor Brian McCormack OAM will officially open the basalt rock entrance to the reserve, which was donated by the Gullen Range Windfarm.

The concert is held on Sunday November 18 at Pat Cullen Reserve and entry is a gold coin donation.