Buninyong Smart Building and Living Expo
Mr HOWARD (Ballarat East)— On Saturday, 23 February, I was pleased to visit the Buninyong Smart Building and Living Expo, a new initiative of the Friends of Royal Park in Buninyong. Royal Park is the former home of the Buninyong football and cricket clubs, which were relocated to the new Buninyong community reserve nearly 10 years ago. The local community was able to retain Royal Park as a community park, which features a community garden and is used as a venue for many community events.
The Smart Building and Living Expo is a concept developed by the committee to promote good environmental practice. It features architects and builders of energy-efficient homes, as well as a range of stalls selling environmentally friendly products and promoting smart living practices.
Local groups, including the Leigh Catchment Group and the Friends of the Canadian Corridor were also represented. This was the first time the event had been held and it was very successful in attracting many visitors. The Friends of Royal Park hope to make it a regular event. I commend the group of hardworking volunteers on their great work in helping to keep Royal Park in community hands to provide ongoing benefits for the broader Buninyong and Ballarat communities.