Party time at Federal
GARY HAUGHTON helped his village fight to keep hold of its green space. And now every year he helps organise a party to celebrate.
The annual Federal Park Party, held on Saturday, showcases the spirit of Federal and helps raise funds for community projects in the village.
Saturday's party saw the launch of a community-made mosaic in Federal Park, and the installation of a sculpture by local sculptor Suvira McDonald that had previously been shown in Sydney's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
“I've been involved with the Federal Community Centre since 1989,” Mr Haughton said.
“I got involved with public meetings held when the council was creating the development control plan for Federal, which included provision for a 'green heart' in the village.”
Mr Haughton and a committed Federal community lobbied hard to protect the village green concept during a development application.
He said the result had been a 'win-win' situation with both a housing estate built and the council buying back a parcel of land which now forms the Federal Park precinct
The community had also created the Federal Community Preschool, and it was here the seed of the Federal Park Party was born.
“Every year we would get together and have a party at the preschool, with a bonfire, games and activities for the kids and food,” Mr Haughton said.
“We moved the party from the preschool grounds to the Federal Park in 1993.
“Once the park was purchased we did a community mapping exercise.
“From that we had a vision for the future.”
The community has overseen playground and picnic areas created in the park, the adjacent Stony Creek has been revegetated, pathways have been built and art installed.
Now there are plans afoot for an amphitheatre.
“You can't stop us,” Mr Haughton said.
“I feel committed to this village.
“The party is really an outpouring of love for our community.”