• Tony Bosworth

Hobartville park gets new seats and picnic tables thanks to efforts of local resident

You can now sit in style in a tiny Hobartville park thanks to the efforts of a local resident to get new picnic tables and seating.

Gary Cottle with MP Susan Templeman at the refurbished Luttrell Street Reserve

It all came about after Macquarie MP, Susan Templeman, was approached by Hobartville resident Garry Cottle seeking support for an upgrade of tired-looking park furniture in the Luttrell Street Reserve.

“The three tables and seats were looking very worn, and after speaking with other locals, Garry approached Hawkesbury City Council about having them refurbished,” Ms Templeman said.

“Unfortunately, the work was delayed and Mr Cottle came to my office for support, which I was happy to give him.

“Council stated COVID had impacted the delivery of the material from Queensland, but work was finally completed at the end of the year – and it’s a great job!

“The new wood-look metal seats and tables are durable, attractive and easy to clean, and underneath the pergola – which Garry calls ‘Blue Poles’ – is the perfect spot on a hot summer’s day.

“It was finished in time for summer, and Garry tells me local residents used it for their COVID-safe Christmas gatherings. The postie stops for lunch and residents pop over for a relaxing cup of tea.

“It’s a lovely space to unwind in the shade, and I’m really happy to see the job finished.”

Mr Cottle expressed appreciation on behalf of the Hobartville community for the work.

“This park is used not only by the local residents but also by many who pass through the area,” Mr Cottle said.

“The restored tables and seats will be well used by one and all for many years to come.”

Mr Cottle now has his sights set on sprucing up the seats on the shop side of the street at Hobartville, and would also like to see ‘Blue Poles’ get a new lick of paint.

“It’s worth pushing for things like this that seem small, but make such a difference to the local community, and I am always happy to lend my voice in support to these community efforts,” Ms Templeman said.

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