Lendlease workers become volunteers for a day

Pitching in: Lendlease staff members Justin Snellenburg, Ken Edwards, Dan Farrell, Dan Hutchins, Greg Lowcock and Mick Morris volunteer as part of the Oxide Park transformation.

Pitching in: Lendlease staff members Justin Snellenburg, Ken Edwards, Dan Farrell, Dan Hutchins, Greg Lowcock and Mick Morris volunteer as part of the Oxide Park transformation.

ABOUT 40 Lendlease workers swapped their day jobs to volunteer as part of the Oxide Park makeover.

The team from the Oxley Highway to Kundabung Pacific Highway upgrade installed the deck for the dance wall, formed up the concrete cycling paths, mulched, landscaped and edged gardens, and helped out with painting.

The volunteers donated their time on September 15 as part of the company’s Community Day volunteer program.

Lendlease community and stakeholder manager Justine Voigt said it was a great opportunity to work with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council to rejuvenate the park.

“As construction personnel, we move around a lot and our sense of home is quite different to other people’s sense of home,” she said.

“We move into these communities, and while it is for a short period of time, they mean a lot to us.”

Port Macquarie’s Oxide Park is amid a transformation into a vibrant new play space.

Park transformation: Lendlease staff members Trista Taylor, Drew Cooper, Will Verco, Kieran Metcalfe and Josie Roper paint a fence at Oxide Park.

Park transformation: Lendlease staff members Trista Taylor, Drew Cooper, Will Verco, Kieran Metcalfe and Josie Roper paint a fence at Oxide Park.

Council director Tricia Bulic said this was a wonderful example of how a large organisation was giving back to a community in which it operated, and the council was pleased to be working with Lendlease on such an important community project.

The council received a $50,000 grant to transform Oxide Park into an interactive nature play space.

The council has contributed more than $10,000 for the design of the park, which was developed by working closely with residents, the Neighbourhood Centre, Birpai Aboriginal Land Council and schools.

The ongoing maintenance and upkeep costs will also be contributed by the council.

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