" A'Beckett Park " has been part of our lives forever. It is difficult to imagine the island
without it. We really don't think about it every day, but now and then something happens
down Montague Point way which grabs our attention.
At one stage there was talk that the property would be sold off to developers and the
outcry by islanders was so vocal that John McIntyre, Bishop of Gippsland wrote to us
allaying our concerns.
Deep down most of us realise that if the Church doesn't develop it, a private developer
will. At a recent meeting at A'Beckett Park called by John McIntyre plans for the site's
future were displayed.
The intention is to develop the park as a centre that leads the way in sustainability for
the future, with cutting edge design and technologies that minimise its environmental
There has been some significant upgrading of existing facilities at a cost of $ 250,000.
We reproduce part of a letter to Island residents by the Bishop:
Priest Edie Ashley, who resides at the site's residence, will lead the project.
The cost for the project is estimated at $ 3 M and efforts to raise the funds will
commence once all permits have been approved
* The letter in full to island residents by John McIntyre Bishop of Gippsland,
* The plans as developed by Kate Young from Crowther & Slater and Anthony Lake
from SLAP Architects
* Notes summarising the talk Kate Young gave at the meeting.
A report of the recently held meeting