Progress made on artistic park

L - R: Macedon Ranges council deputy mayor Rob Guthrie, Romsey Ecotherapy Park advocate Jenny Stillman, Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas, advocate Sue Hayes and artist Brigit Heller. (Supplied)

Oliver Lees

The Romsey Ecotherapy Park is one step closer with earthworks under way for the project’s second and third stages.

The innovative park space, which will include a sensory garden, a sound sculpture and a five-metre tall kinetic wind sculpture, received its final stage of funding from the state government in May.

The progress on the park follows more than a decade of advocacy from a group of locals seeking a nature-based activity space in Romsey.

The park will also include an arts culture space featuring an outdoor performance space suitable for the performing arts or pop-up art exhibits.

A community fundraising effort has also allowed for artists from the community to be commissioned to complete pieces that will complement the space.

Lancefield artist Brigit Heller will create a portal statute that will be installed at the entrance of the park.

Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas said this was an exciting project for the region.

“It will play such an important role in enhancing the health and wellness for the community while supporting more jobs,” Ms Thomas said.

“This has been a long-held community vision and I am so pleased to see it getting closer to reality – our dedicated volunteers and community members should be commended for their efforts.”