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Not just a rest stop

Diane Cook, Elaine Recreation Reserve. Photo – Matt Romania

By Matt Romania

Elaine Recreation Reserve recently held their Annual General Meeting, during which members and office bearers were appointed to the Committee of Management for a term of one year.

Diane Cook, the re-elected Chairperson, shared her insights with The Moorabool News on their achievements, future plans, and what they have to offer the local and broader Moorabool community.

“Over the past decade, our progress has been swift, accomplishing more than ever,” Ms Cook said.

She expressed gratitude towards the new committee members, crediting them for an opportunity to revitalise the use of the recreation reserve, enrich community experience, and generate further reserve improvements.

Ms Cook fondly recalled the immense community, fundraising, and maintenance contributions of Ron Read, a former Chairperson of the reserve who sadly passed away in 2021. His efforts laid a solid foundation for the committee and the Elaine community to enhance the reserve, bolster community involvement in Elaine, and attract visitors from Moorabool and beyond.

While the reserve is primarily used by cricket and tennis clubs, the Committee is encouraging private event bookings to make use of the community space. It’s not just a rest stop for passersby but another one of Moorabool’s hidden gems.

Recent additions to the reserve include new cricket practice nets in the making, extended shade sails over the playground, reverse cycle air conditioning in the buildings, and a large court viewing window in the tennis club room.

Ms Cook emphasised the appeal of the reserve, noting its BBQ facilities, a modern toilet block with a baby change station, and a playground. The tree lined entrance, sheep next door, and railway line behind the reserve give the space a charm.

“It’s accessible venue for the Moorabool community to consider for events – sporting or otherwise. This is a spacious, yet underutilised space here in Elaine.”
Despite the absence of a local school and having the luxury of town water, Ms Cook believes Elaine still has much to offer.

“We’re a tight-knit community. Not many outside of town are familiar with us or the amenities we provide such as the recreation reserve, but we’re continually improving and finding ways for individuals to connect.”

Ms Cook also participates in managing the public hall, hosting community events and markets. She speaks passionately about the benefits of community involvement, noting the positive impact on mental health, the value of volunteering, and getting involved in local events.