Lake Macquarie History

Wal Drane Playground, Dobinsons Reserve, Blacksmiths

Wal Drane playground was named in March 2004 because of the significant role Wal played in the Blacksmiths community. Wal has been a member of the progress association, has been very active in sporting and community groups and has made an enormous contribution to the Blacksmith school ~ he has even written a book about the area. As a tribute to Wal Lake Macquarie City Council dedicated the Wal Drane playground for the use of local families. Wal has received two Shortland awards: the Centenary Medal and the Seniors award.

The playground was funded by the council and Department of Sport and Recreation.

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