The new stage on the riverbank at Taree is now completed.
This is what a community can achieve when it works together: a beautiful new stage in Queen Elizabeth Park. The Taree Riverstage is now finished and set to become a significant centrepiece for the community.
The stage’s two front timber poles feature sculptures by local artist Russell Saunders, who also painted the Aboriginal artwork on the front of the arched truss linking the two poles.
The stage itself is 11 metres by 8 metres in size. Project manager Ken Raison said “It doesn’t sound very big but when you stand in the middle, it will fit a lot of people.”
Ken said the construction has been a celebration of the community coming together, with tradespeople, builders and people with specific machinery who have loaned their equipment and time.
“There was money raised to build the structure but so much has been given by the community.”
He said those people will be acknowledged at the official handover to MidCoast Council, which is currently in planning.
“The community committee, led by Rotary and Lions are also still in negotiations to lease the stage back and maximise the use by community groups at no cost. It would also be available for commercial use.
“It will be a real signature piece for the Manning,” said Ken of the stage. “We want to draw people back to the riverbank. It’s beautiful and not utilised enough.”
(Story published by Manning River Times 7/2/2020)