LAKE ELLEN NOW OPEN - and already proving very popular

The Lake Ellen Heritage Hub had its Official Opening on Saturday 13 December and is already being well used by families throughout the region.

The Lake Ellen Heritage Hub is a community project that brings together in one place recognition of the contribution of Bundaberg's early pioneers, disabled recreation, a large community playground for all ages and abilities, a bicycle safety training and skills course and shelters for the community. It is a collaborative initiative of the Federal and State Governments, Bundaberg Regional Council and the Bundaberg community.

The project provides a central area in Bundaberg that recognises the historical heritage of the area, encourages multiculturalism and fills an existing gap in recreational/educational facilities. It has already become a community gathering place for all ages and abilities, for disabled recreation and disadvantaged groups, tourism information and heritage acknowledgment.

The project comprises specifically designed playground equipment including a Cane Station & Train, Climbing Net, Bush Kids Activity Zone, Sugar Cane Maze, Toddler Unit & Swings, Special Needs Fitness Zone & Bicycle Training Track with Training Area. The Hub also includes a large shelter shed for community gatherings and interpretive panels surrounding the playground relating to the area's history and showcasing the early settlers.

The Liberty Swing is proving to be particularly popular, especially for children in wheelchairs. Variety Club has provided special MLAK keys that can be used not only to operate this Swing, but similar swings and other facilities around Australia.

Any eligible families wanting a MLAK key can contact Bundaberg Regional Council on 1300 883 699 to arrange collection of their own key.

Everyone is invited to go along and enjoy the fantastic new facilities at the Lake Ellen Heritage Hub - located in George Street, East Bundaberg.