March 12, 2014  |  Members Statement

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.