WHAT once was a park for cars became a park for people at Burrumbuttock yesterday.
For the past 40 years the community had used Dulcie Schmidt’s land next to the pub as a car park, not realising the dull space actually belonged to someone.
“I’m absolutely floored to see what can be done with a corner which was bare, which not even a rabbit would want to use,” Mrs Schmidt said.
Thanks to about $16,000 funding from the Greater Hume Council and the community, and the land gifted from Mrs Schmidt, Schmidt Park was opened officially yesterday.
It is hoped to be a place of solace where children can play, adults can meet and passer-bys may eat a sandwich.
“Most of the time I don’t think anyone knew that anyone owned the land, and half the time we didn’t know we owned it,” Mrs Schmidt said of herself and late husband Gordon, who bought the bare property because “nobody else wanted it”.
Schmidt Park wasn’t the only Burrumbuttock Community Forum project celebrated yesterday.
Sylvia Schmidt’s tireless work for Burrumbuttock until her death in 2009, aged 75, was marked with the dedication of signs marking five school sites and the village post office.
Burrumbuttock Public School is the only school left — Burrumbuttock North, Burrumbuttock West, Hovell and Huon schools all having closed by the 1940s.