Sun rises on new community park


Brimbank Council and the community celebrated 100 park projects delivered across Brimbank with the opening of the much anticipated Sunvale Community Park.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice officially opened Sunvale Community Park, in Neil Street Sunshine, on Saturday 15 September, along with State Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP.

“Sunvale Community Park is a landmark achievement for Council and the community – it has opened following years of work to create a shared open space on the site of the former Sunvale Primary School,” Cr Giudice said.

“This new park is the result of many years of community campaigning – and look at what we have achieved together – a beautiful green environment for us to come together and celebrate.

“This is what being ‘Community first’ is all about: working together and creating a shared space where everyone in our community can feel welcome.

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this vision a reality.”

The $3.65 million Sunvale Community Park was funded by Brimbank City Council ($800,000), the Victorian Government ($2.6 million), and Melbourne Water ($150,000). The Victorian Government supported the development of the skate park by providing $100,000 from Sports and Recreation Victoria.

State Member for St Albans Natalie Suleyman MP said: "This project has been a collaboration between Brimbank Council, Melbourne Water and the Andrews Labor Government to deliver a park which is a vibrant meeting place for the local community for many years to come."

Sunvale's Attractions

  • a skate park (opened earlier this year)
  • play spaces (including water play)
  • a large, green ‘kick-a-ball’ space
  • a stormwater treatment system with underground water storage used for irrigation
  • a large shelter for gatherings and events
  • 100 additional trees
  • artworks created by local Aboriginal artists
  • BBQ facilities
  • public toilets
  • an edible garden.

Part of Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan

Sunvale Community Park was developed under Council’s award-winning Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan. The investment by Council and the Victorian Government in Sunvale Community Park continues the positive impact that Creating Better Parks is having in Brimbank.

Since it was introduced in 2008, Council has spent $26.5 million upgrading and creating 100 parks – including Sunvale.

“Council’s award winning Creating Better Parks Policy and Plan has breathed new life into parks across Brimbank – ensuring that everyone can access high quality parks and playgrounds,” Cr Giudice said.