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L-R: Mayor Paul Lake, Rizal Park Movement Founding President Lourdes Kaiser, Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, and Rizal Park Movement PRO and Founding Member Max Lopez during their recent site inspection visit.

Mayor of Campbelltown, Cr Paul Lake, said the redevelopment of Rizal Park in Campbelltown’s Anthony Drive, Rosemeadow is continuing and has now entered the next stage, the Campbelltown City Council reported in its website recently.

The city council also reported that the construction of electric barbecue facilities and landscaping had now been completed together with a new picnic shelter area, more than 500 plants and trees, and a new entrance sign with the words ‘Rizal Park’.

‘The latest works further reflect the passion and commitment of members of the Campbelltown and Region Filipino Community Council and the Rizal Park Movement of Campbelltown, who have worked tirelessly to bring this transformation to fruition, and I commend their efforts,’ Mayor Lake was quoted.

Rizal Park is a 2.6 hectare reserve off Anthony Drive, Rosemeadow within the Campbelltown district.
It was in 1987 when the park was named after the Philippine national hero, Dr Jose Rizal, after lobbying by the Philippine-Australian Friendship Association.

In 2009, the master plan to redevelop the park was finalised by the city council. The key features of the plan included a playground facility, a bust / statue of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal, shade structures, BBQ facilities, toilet facilities, an informal kickabout area, landscaped areas, and carpark with entry structure.

The plan also envisaged pathways and cycleways to connect the various elements of the park and “to reflect the structure of the original Rizal Park in Manila”.

Following the completion of the master plan, the first major redevelopment work delivered was a children’s playground.

In another reporting, The Filipino Australian learned that through the efforts of Rizal Park Movement and the Philippine Consulate General’s Office in Sydney, the Department of Foreign of Foreign Affairs through the initiative of Philippine Ambassador to Australia Belen Anota and DFA Assistant Secretary for Asia Pacific Affairs Maria Theresa Lazaro, was able to secure a donation of a statue from renowned Filipino Sculptor Eduardo Castrillo for installation in Rizal Park Campbelltown.

The statue will be about five metres tall, made of hollow bronze, and weigh about 500 kilograms.
Once completed, the statue will be donated by the artist to the Philippine Government for turn over to the City of Campbelltown.

The statue is scheduled for installation in June 2012 in time for the conclusion of the national hero’s sesquicentennial birth anniversary.

Consul General Anne Jalando-on Louis, Rizal Park Movement Founding President Lourdes Kaiser and PRO and Founding Member Max Lopez, along with the other founding members of RPM, are the Filipino community’s liaison with the Campbelltown City Council on the park enhancement program.