Waterlily Playscape AGM 2018

Waterlily Playscape AGM 2018

You are invited to attend the Waterlily Playscape AGM
Tuesday, 20 August 6pm at Ocean Shores Country Club


Are you interested to know the latest updates on what has been done so far at Waterlily Park and what is ahead? Please join the committee at the Annual General Meeting to be held at Ocean Shores Country Club  Monday, 20 August at 6pm.


On this occasion, we will choose committee members for the upcoming year. If you are keen to get involved – that’s great! Nominate yourself by contacting the committee via email with your details.


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Six new shade trees have been planted around the Playscape

Six new shade trees have been planted around the Playscape

All 6 trees were planted in great soil, had fertiliser and gypsum added, were staked and tied and then mulched with bark chips. Of course, the rain over the last two days has also been very beneficial.

  • Melaleuca leucadendra Broad leaf
  • 2 x Waterhousia floribunda
  • Mellicope elleryana
  • 2 x Syzygium resilience

We are indeed grateful to the NSW State Government for providing the required funding.

We thank Joy from Gondwana Nursery for supplying and caring for these beautiful advanced trees for the last 2 months. The trees are absolutely fantastic.

Our thanks to Tom Naulty who did a great job as Co-ordinator for the Waterlily Playscape Committee and to Tina Petroff who was on hand and helping at every step of the way

Thank you also to Council’s Malcolm Robertson for working with the Playscape Committee to position, deliver and plant the trees.

Special thanks goes to Byron Council’s Michael Mathews for ensuring all 6 trees were delivered and planted at the one time and of course to Council’s staff – Tom, Project Manager & Safety Officer, Michael Halpin, Excavator Operator, Ayla, Horticulturist, and of course Ian for providing all of the required ‘muscle’. They did an awesome job, completing it all in one day!

$423K raised for Waterlily Park

$423K raised for Waterlily Park

Many locals gathered at Waterlily Park on a finally sunny Sunday, 18 March to celebrate project progress and community spirit.

Ocean Shores Public School students ran many activities on the day, including cake, face painting and crazy hair stalls. These stalls raised $335 on the day! Games and bubbles took place at the shady area of the lake and a successful treasure hunt attracted kids and adults alike.

Other activities included – Brunswick Heads Firies and their big truck, Performances by Ocean Shores Public School Choir and Bollywood Sisters, Dances by Omri and Amir, Music by Jaz from North Coast Events, and Great food by Gunter’s Flammkuchen.

Speeches part consisted of many surprises. Tom Naulty, a local and committee member, shared his enthusiasm to join the committee. Tamara Smith MP Ballina congratulated the community for completing stage 2 of the project, the picnic area, $50K funded by Community Building Partnership scheme. Ben Franklin MLC, announced a successful NSW Government grant (Stronger Country Communities) of $418608 that Byron Shire Council applied for with Waterlily Playscape Committee. Heather Cambridge from ALR Committee announced $4K funds raised from Bruns Housie‘s activity over summer holidays. Ocean Shores Public School Captains, Evie and Kai gave a glimpse to how important Waterlily Park is for Ocean Shores kids. Councillor Alan Hunter congratulated the community and Mayor Simon Richardson for the great progress and achievements.

Thank you Thank you Thank you
to so many people and organisations involved in running the day and generally supporting Waterlily Playscape.

Thank you Byron Shire Council, mayor and especially the Open Space team, Ocean Shores Public School, school Choir and amazing Sonia Woods, Brunswick Heads Firefighters, ALR, Jaz from North Coast Events, Gunter from Flammkuchen, Zerina Millard and the Bollywood Sisters, Omri & Amir.

Thank you Waterlily Playscape committee members:
Tom, Tina, Jason, Faz, Helen and Orit. You Rock!

blowing bubbles

Waterlily Community Celebration – Sunday 18th March 2018

Waterlily Community Celebration – Sunday 18th March 2018

Join with community in celebrating

New picnic equipment and ongoing progress at Waterlily Playscape in a community event at Waterlily Park, 1 Yamble Dr. Ocean Shores, Sunday 18th March 2018, 3-6pm.

Exciting activities are planned at the event supported by Ocean Shores Public School Students, including performances, games, stalls, music and food.

Help us spread the word by marking yourself ‘going’ on the Facebook event page, and invite & share with locals.

waterlily community celebration rescheduled 18-03-2018

What’s in Stage 2?

Waterlily Park has just been upgraded with new picnic equipment including: a shelter, BBQ, Picnic tables and a pathway from parking to picnic area. All new facilities are wheelchair accessible and align with Playscape plans of inclusive community recreation area.

The Waterlily Playscape Committee received $50K funding from a successful grant to Community Building Partnership 2016 project by NSW State and announced by Tamara Smith, MP for Ballina.

To realise this stage, quite a few locals came together in a joint effort. Big thank you to Tina Petroff and Yoram (Tiny) Rotstein, stage 2 project managers, Stan Petroff, Fabricio Bettega, Jason Lasky, David Alexander, Orit and Omri Ben-Harush, Helen Graveson and Tom Naulty. We couldn’t have done this without you! Thank you also to our local contractors and Council’s Open Spaces staff.

bbq area

Stage 2 remaining funds are used to plant established trees and benches at the park soon.

Look at this Charming Mural!

The committee co-funded a vivid mural with the Ocean Shores Tennis Club, following the nature theme of Waterlily Park. It was painted on the external Tennis clubhouse walls by Daniel Hend, a young local artist, creating another lovely feature onsite.

mural angle 1

mural angle 2

Meet Christobel the Rock Dragon

Jordan Smith is the lucky local who named Waterlily Rock Dragon – Christobel, following a pledge by Ocean Shores Tidy Town’s who funded and installed the dragon in the park.

rock dragon

donation - Tidy Towns

Help us keep the park safe

Alongside new interest in the park, locals notice more bad behaviour onsite.
The Waterlily Playscape committee is calling for a community action, encouraging locals to report to the police any observed inappropriate behaviour while at Waterlily Park, at 131444 or in emergency 000.

Welcome Tom Naulty – A new committee member

Welcome Tom Naulty – A new committee member

Recently I was asked to come along and join the Waterlilly Playscape Committee. I was keen to come along and lend a hand building an even better playscape for my two children. Considering how close and how frequently my family benefits from this fantastic facility, its easy to give up a little time.

My name is Tom, I have an 8 year old child and a 3 year old, the eldest goes to Ocean Shores Public School, which happens to be where I work (as a teachers aid),and also happens to be the best public school in the world IMHO.

I like fishing and in the last three years have been having a ball with the guys from Brunswick Heads Surf Lifesaving Club.

I’m looking foward to having a chat with you at Waterlilly Park!

Tom Naulty

There is one more vacancy for a Vice President position.
We encourage locals to apply to join the committee.

Stage 2 of Waterlily Park is Underway!

Stage 2 of Waterlily Park is Underway!

Following a successful submission for the ‘Community Building Partnership’ grant in 2016, Waterlily Playscape received $50K from NSW Government. The funds will be used to install a picnic area next to the playground – a slab, shelter, picnic tables and a BBQ and a wheelchair access from the parking area.

Works started last Friday and will take a couple of weeks to finish. Please be mindful of safety during construction phase and help us keep children away from the fenced area.

Many thanks to Tamara Smith MP, Member for Ballina, for supporting the project and stage 2.

Thank you Tina Petroff, Treasurer, Waterlily Community Playscape for managing the project pro bono.

Thank you Yoram Rotstein for volunteering to supervise the project.

Thank you Byron Shire Council, for ongoing support, collaboration and assistance in many many ways.