One of the Steindl family's favourite places to visit on a weekend is Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground, a spot they say allows their children to enjoy a range of activities.
The family has captured their enjoyment at the popular spot for a recent Bundaberg Regional Council photo competition as part of the consultation process for the development of a concept plan to guide the future development of the area.
Mum Rhianna said she submitted a photo of her children enjoying their breakfast at the park from a recent visit and was thrilled to find out she had won first prize.
“We go to Lake Ellen a fair bit but this was the first time we have taken breakfast with us and it was wonderful,” she said.
“Even in its current form Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground is a good facility for families, with great open spaces, a playground and a bit of everything and it beats having the kids sit in front of the TV!”
Rhianna said the moment caught on camera was similar to many that her family had enjoyed over the years at Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground.
“One of my recent favourite family memories from this park is getting up early on a Sunday morning and riding our bikes to the playground where we then cooked up a barbecue breakfast,” she said.
“The kids then proceeded to serve me numerous ‘drinks' consisting of woodchips from the Sugar Country General Store.
“The currency – leaves they found on the ground around the structure.”
As part of her competition prize, Rhianna won a family pass to Hinkler Hall of Aviation and a double pass to a show at the Moncrieff Entertainment Centre during its current season.
She said it would be something they would all be able to enjoy.
“We will definitely be taking the kids to the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and my husband and I will put the Moncrieff tickets to good use,” she said.
Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground competition highlights popular area
Opportunities for the revitalisation of Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground are currently being considered.
Bundaberg Regional Council identified the popular recreational spot for future upgrade and development as part of the Parks and Open Space Strategy 2019-2026.
Community feedback via a survey and consultation was sought to assist Council in developing a design plan to further enhance the area.
As part of the consultation, a photo competition was launched to celebrate the current space and preserve its history.
Parks and Gardens portfolio spokesperson Cr Wayne Honor congratulated the Steindl family on their win.
“What a fantastic photo of three local children clearly enjoying some delicious breakfast at one of their favourite places!” he said.
“It is lovely to see local families getting out and about enjoying Council facilities and spending time in the great outdoors.
“The Lake Ellen Heritage Hub Park and Playground upgrade is sure to enhance the area even further, providing and even more amazing space for the community to visit.”
You can find out more about the progress of the plans here.