(12pm, Saturday 18 October 2014, Janet Beirne Park, Beaconsfield)
Thank you, Stephen [Gilby, MC] and welcome everyone to this wonderful park.
In 1955, this reserve was named The Janet Beirne Children's Playground and Rest Park in honour of Janet Beirne, a highly respected local resident who died in 1961, aged 75 - survived by her four children and grandchildren.
It was used by workers from the nearby factories and offices as well as local families and their children, a predominantly industrial suburb.
Creating new parks and renewing our existing parks is one of our highest priorities.
Just think of our new Pirrama Park in Pyrmont, Harmony Park in Surry Hills and all the new parks going into Green Square and then Sydney Park, once a dump and now one of the most beautiful parks in Sydney. Especially as our latest project there, Sydney's largest water harvesting project is nearing completion, and then there's Redfern Park.
We have so far renewed/upgraded about 100 of our existing 330 parks.
There's a new shaded playground, the tree house central meeting point, new paths, new seating areas, and a relocated barbecue area next to new decking with cafÃ© style furniture. There's also new landscaping, and the eye-catching curves and arches, and touches of colour, complete the makeover.
A big thank you to Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture and Wilson Pederson Landscape for making this space so beautiful, and thank you also to the people who took part in the public consultation process prior to this $650,000 renewal - Council's project officer and other staff who worked on the project.
It's a wonderful place to enjoy lunch, to bring the kids to play or to simply sit and read a book.
Please stay and enjoy the refreshments, and come back again to make the most of this great renewed neighbourhood park.
I'm proud today to declare this wonderfully re-created park open. Thank you.