The park at the entry to Bargara Views Estate, off Moodies Road, is a popular spot for residents thanks to the passion of the Council parks and gardens labourers who care for it.
Mick Corrigan and Mal Coney have lovingly cared for the park over the past four years when it was transferred from the developers to Council.
“It was overgrown with weeds and there were a lot of dead plants,” Mick said.
“Once we cleared that away there were plenty of gaps, so we worked together to find suitable plants to fill the spots.
“We planned that around colour and the best types of plants that would grow well and make the area attractive.”
The pair said expert advice from Botanic Gardens nursery staff was extremely helpful in selecting the featured plants.
Mick and Mal are passionate about their work and when listening to them explain how they’ve transformed the park, it’s obvious they’re proud of what they’ve achieved.
“It’s satisfying to stand back and see how the park has evolved from when we first started working on it,” Mal said.
“We installed an irrigation system and fertilise the lawn whenever we can which has really helped to keep the park looking so good.”
The greatest satisfaction for the duo is seeing people in the park enjoying the space.
“It’s not just those who live in the estate but others also use the park because it looks so nice,” Mick said.
“There are heaps of turtles in the pond now which the kids love and they also like feeding the ducks.”
Bargara Views Estate resident Caroline Oates lives directly opposite the park and says she is impressed with the high standard of work.
“I feel so privileged to live here with this beautiful and well-maintained park,” she said.
“It’s lovely to see these workers so passionate about their work and this park speaks for itself.
“It’s constantly being used by the community who seem to respect it and it’s always nice to see that.”
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