$50,000 government grant saves Liddiard Park
By DAVID BANCROFT
A PILE of heartfelt and handwritten letters from young South Grafton residents has helped convince the Carr Government to spend another $50,000 on a specialised children's park in South Grafton.
A former playground on the Bob Liddiard Park site was burnt to the ground by arsonists on May 26 last year, leaving residents shattered.
But yesterday their spirits were lifted.
The Minister for Rural Affairs, Tony Kelly, who has a Grafton office, announced the State Government would provide $50,000 for the rebuilding of the park and the Rotary Club of Grafton Midday announced it would provide $1000 and 'adopt' the park as its pet project in the same way that Grafton Rotary has adopted See Park.
Grafton Estate Tenants Committee spokeswoman Jan Lees could not contain her excitement.
"I am just blown away ... I can't believe it," she said.
The playground equipment, thought to be one of the only ones of it type in the Clarence Valley to cater for children with disabilities, was built originally after a longrunning campaign by the estate committee to provide facilities for children and to help build a sense of community in an area dominated by public housing tenants.
It is hoped that security cameras on nearby buildings and better lighting will prevent the new facility from falling to vandals a second time.