Macquarie Home Stay Park and Playground take shape for patients and guests | Liberal Daily

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Patients and carers who are guests at Macquarie Home Stay now have a new garden space to relax and enjoy time outdoors. About 30 volunteers came armed with wheelbarrows, buckets, shovels and “a lot of energy and good humour” to transform the open grounds of the Dubbo establishment into an asset for its guests. Their efforts on April 2 can be seen in a new grassy area, lavender maze, memorial rose garden, children’s play area, and more. Macquarie Home Stay opened in 2019 to provide affordable accommodation for people seeking medical treatment at Dubbo Hospital. General Manager Rod Crowfoot said the project was an important part of developing his master plan and came to fruition through the pooling of several sources of funding. He said the organization was fortunate to receive a $24,825 grant from the NSW government’s Community Building Partnership, donations from a number of private donors in support of the plan and more. “Very, very fortunate that a number of families who have lost loved ones, instead of floral tributes, have asked for donations to come to Home Stay,” he said. “So we were able to use those donations for the creation of a memorial rose garden and a much more formal type of garden space, at the very top of the park that we are building. “And then we got the park space general and walking areas. “There is also a walking lavender maze which we were able to build there as well. And then downstairs we have been supported by the Rotary Clubs of Dubbo in building a play area for the children who stay with us too.” A number of Dubbo businesses have also been generous in providing products and services at reduced or no cost. Mr Crowfoot said guests were already exploring the new space designed for them. “We just know good general health and wellbeing, just being able to be outside and having a nice space where people can sit and relax, whether it’s alone with a cup of tea, or if it’s is with others, maybe there is another family staying with them, where they have a place where they can just go and chat in private, but sit in an area that has shade and lawn and feels really settled and calm,’ he said. between four walls and a hospital all the time.” So creating a really nice garden space, where people can use it for what it’s intended for, is a very important part of our master plan for us.” The bee work day was a real community day “I think at the peak we had almost 30 volunteers on site,” said are Mr. Crowfoot. “The Rotary Clubs of Dubbo were great supporters to do it, and we got others to come, only private citizens and Can Assist members also came. “So it was a fun day, c t was a great day to get people working regularly and supporting us, bringing everyone together and it wasn’t about the financial side of things, it was about working together on a really, really good project. “Some were able to plant plants, some were at the end of a shovel, everyone had a role, whether it was for an hour or four or five hours, it was a very very big day, and come after lunch , when we finished rolling out some turf, we were almost out of breath.” But it was a very productive day, we did a lot of work, and we’re just now trying to put the last bits and pieces together in the back end to do that, and the park space will be finished by the end of April and it will be a beautiful thing to see.”



Harold B. McConnell