Cooking up a storm on Westbury’s Village Green!

Posted on June 02, 2021

Village Green's new barbecue is up and running!

Village Green Barbecue

Mayor Wayne Johnston, Cr Tanya King and Rotary Club of Westbury representative, Albert De Veth officially open the new barbecue facility on the Village Green ahead of the first sausage sizzle!

Visitors to Westbury’s historic Village Green will now be able to create a broader range of culinary delights with the installation of a new sheltered barbecue area.

Complete with wheelchair accessible seating, the new facility is in close proximity to the existing playground and provides opportunities for visitors and locals to really enjoy their picnic in the park.

“The new barbecue is a community asset in the truest sense of the word as it took the efforts of the community to plan, design and construct. It is a wonderful example of the benefits of working together,” Mayor Wayne Johnston said.

Including Council, the list of contributors to the project is long with the Rotary Club of Westbury playing a major role in coordinating its execution.

Initial plans were drafted by Peter Lee of Hadspen, advice regarding heritage was provided by Chris Bonner and Tony Cresswell donated the concrete which was laid by John Johnston and Dave Tompson.

The steel footings and frame were supplied by Mark Kolodziej of Kolmark with reinforcing mesh and steel roofing donated by the Rotary Club of Westbury.

“Even the transport, temporary storage of the frame and the hiring of the crane to lift it into place has been donated. Community contributions to this project have been truly remarkable,” Mayor Johnston said.

Council contributed $10K directly to the project with local business owners and contractors chipping in materials or in-kind work equivalent to more than $16K.

“It is important to also acknowledge that in addition to financial contributions, there have been many hours of volunteer work which has been invaluable.

On behalf of Council, I would like to thank you all. The Village Green is a favourite spot for families all year round and you have helped build us a one of a kind community asset that will benefit locals and visitors alike for many years to come,” Mayor Johnston said.