BANDSTANDERS: Lynn and Jon Smith with Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team.
BANDSTANDERS: Lynn and Jon Smith with Christobel Munson from the Bangalow Parklands team. Christian Morrow

Bangalow bandstand to be unveiled

BANGALOW Parklands team is delighted the new waterfront bandstand building will be officially opened at 11.30am this Sunday.

MP Tamara Smith and Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson will officiate at the family fun day near the old swimming pool, off Deacon St, Bangalow.

"Journalist and raconteur Mick O'Reagan will be Master of Ceremonies, with the Welcome to Country given by Byron Shire's own Citizen of the Year, Delta Kay," said Christobel Munson, from the Bangalow Parklands team.

"Included in the program are several live acts who illustrate how the bandstand can be used including acapella group Choir Baby, rock and roll dancers, classical guitarist Nick Repin and flautist Loani McRae.

"Those attending can bring a picnic lunch or get along to the Bangalow Historical Society's Museum and Tearooms barbecue.

"The waterfront bandstand was built thanks to a Community Building Partnership grant from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, which also funded a mural on the park's amenities block to honour our origins, the community and the environment.

"The mural was painted by local artist Samantha Wortelhock of Breakaway Art and has already attracted a great deal of positive interest from visitors and locals.

"We're really happy all levels of Byron Shire Council have joined in the community spirit and helped us out during the bandstand's construction.

"Council has applied for grant money to repair the weir wall, and I know they have a Plan B in mind if that fails."

The Bangalow Parklands team formed in 2011, intending to repair the damaged weir wall and upgrade the park's facilities.

During the upgrade of the Pacific Hwy, the team obtained a gift of rocks to create two rock circles used for storytelling and meetings, with more rock set aside to be used for the weir repair.

Bangalow Land and Rivercare has recently been awarded another grant to plant 3500 more trees along the creek, so extending a rainforest walk through land owned by All Souls Anglican Church to link with the existing Bangalow Heritage Walk.

The team has developed a five-year master plan for the entire park area at the council's suggestion.

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