Central Coast primary school students are receiving first-hand experience in public art and contributing to the development of Leagues Club Field, a regional playspace and park being created in Gosford.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said handprints from students would be stenciled onto Leagues Club Field’s hardwood totems by a local Darkinjung artist.
“Community engagement has been at the forefront of this project, and this is a fun and COVID-safe way for kids to play a part in its development,” Mr Crouch 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.
“We expect the $10 million transformation of Leagues Club Field will be a real hit with local families. When completed, it will feature picnic areas, play equipment, a sporting field, pathways and a tidal pool.”
The 14 totems represent the Aboriginal Peoples of the Central Coast and will surround a community hub, inspired by a traditional dance ground.
Mr Crouch said Leagues Club Field would tell the stories of the region’s past and would also be a testament to the region’s natural resources and workforce.
“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 represent Brisbane Water’s history as a key boat-building site,” Mr Crouch said.
“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 2020.
For more information, go to: www.hccdc.nsw.gov.au/leagues-club-field.