January 25, 2024

Centenary preparation continues

One of Torquay’s well-known parklands will turn 100 next month, with several community groups confirmed to come together for the century-long milestone.

Friends of Taylor Park co-ordinator Ian Convery said Taylor Park’s 100-year celebration event on February 24 was the perfect way to celebrate the popular outdoor space, with preparations now in motion for the centennial occasion.

“As an organisation we’re extremely excited to be hosting this event, 100 years is a long time, and we hope as many people as possible from the community can join us on the day."

“There are so many groups arriving for the celebration such as the Torquay Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Torquay, and Torquay Men’s Shed just to name a few.

“It should be a great day and one that recognises the impact Taylor Park has had on not just us as organisations, but on the entire Surf Coast community as well.”

The celebrations will begin at 11.30am with a Welcome to Country from Wadawurrung Traditional Owners of the land and smoking ceremony. Surf Coast Shire councillor Rose Hodge will provide a speech to visitors at 12.15pm, before kids can take part in activities and several local choir groups conduct special performances.

Local choirs include Men’s Shed Singers, Scotso, Surfside Singers, and Star of the Sea Choir. Attendees can also learn about Taylor Park, with several displays highlighting the park’s bird life, history, and local initiatives.

“This land was originally meant to be developed and then sold off at the turn of last century,” Mr Convery said.

“It was a Mr John Taylor at the time that encouraged the Lands Department not to sell it off and preserve it as a park. “So I think it’s also worth mentioning the role he played when Taylor Park was first named.

Many of the trees that are at Taylor Park were planted by him 100 years ago. “All this and more will be touched on at the celebration event next month.” Taylor Park is managed by the Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority.

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Photo credit: Friends of Taylor Park co-ordinator Ian Convery said preparations were in motion for next month’s 100-year celebration. Photo: VINNIE VAN OORSCHOT

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