Why do we take our green spaces so seriously?

Many property developers may look at an area such as that which will soon house Central Park - an area capable of division into 16 separate lots - see the dollar signs flashing, and go right ahead and sub-divide this pristine piece of land.

So why didn’t we?

With a whole lot of red tape and legalities to cross, it would have been easy for us to make the wetlands a private area, off limits to the public.

Again, why didn’t we?

Have you ever wondered why is that we take our green spaces so seriously? Well, we’re going to explain it to you, because as Tribe members, we feel the need to share with you not only the decisions we make, but the processes we go through, and the things that impact us when we make the decisions that ultimately benefit you and your family.

To us at Brunslea Park, it is critical that we provide spaces for our community to explore, to grow, to benefit from and to honour the heritage of those that lived on the land before us.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Our surroundings play such a huge role in determining our health and wellbeing, so it is no surprise then that the areas most conducive to good health and happiness are green spaces.

The trees that surround and weave through our suburb serve not only as shade and protection from the sun, but as natural air-conditioning on hot days, while also beautifying our streets which in turn makes us feel good about where we live. The Brunslea Park wetlands are also a wonderful climate moderator during those hot summer days here in Wagga.

Our green spaces also provide children and adults alike with a place to exercise and get active; significantly impacting their health for the better. Many studies have shown that green spaces decrease the likelihood of obesity and related illnesses, as well as encouraging improved mental wellbeing.

CONNECTION

Also imperative for our health and wellbeing is social connection, yet another provision of a green space.

Central Park, to be completed in the coming months, will provide Brunslea Park residents with a place for interaction and activity with family, friends, neighbours and the wider community.

But connection can also come from the earth. Connecting with the earth and the spaces around can assist us in calming the stresses of the modern world, and finding a peace and contentedness within that we simply cannot get from our modern technology or devices.

SAFE PLACE FOR KIDS

While you wind down after a busy day, you can let the kids enjoy a play in the park that’s right near your home. You’ll be able to unwind and relax in the fresh air and setting sun, while the kids burn the last of the day’s energy on the play equipment and under the trees that have stood on Brunslea’s land for many decades.

UNDERSTANDING OF OUR RESPONSIBILITIES AS LAND DEVELOPERS

As developers of this land, it is our responsibility to maintain the natural landscape as much as possible; in particular, the wetlands and the trees of Brunslea Park.

It is important that, although we are creating a new community, we respect and work with the area as it stood before we came along. The pristine Brunslea wetlands, and the stunning images that can be created at sunset through the trees only add to the value both emotionally and financially of our suburb.

INSPIRED BY THE PAST - BUILT FOR THE FUTURE

As you walk through the Brunslea Park wetlands, you will feel the history surrounding you. As your feet squelch on the wet ground you’ll learn about the strong agricultural heritage, and before that, the long history of Wiradjuri culture that existed on the land we now call Brunslea Park.

What other suburb in Wagga has such close and easy access to the past Wiradjuri Culture as Brunslea Park?Keeping our impact on the land and green spaces to a minimum means we are able to preserve the stories of the Brunslea Park land, and continue to add to the rich tapestry that already makes up its history.

There are so many reasons for us to respect, nurture, grow and develop our green spaces, and we hope that you, as Brunslea Park community members feel the same responsibility and desire to do so.

Cristy Houghton