Saturday, 6 June 2015

Duck pond at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre at Narre Warren

As many of you are aware, the City of Casey is building Bunjil Place at the Fountain Gate Shopping Centre at Narre Warren. This is a 125 million dollar project and will house the Council Offices, the Library, an Exhibition space, 800 seat theatre and an Art Gallery and amongst other community facilities. You can read about Bunjil Place here http://bunjilplace.com.au/project

Many people have asked about the duck pond which was a feature on the corner of Magid Drive and the Princes Highway. Sadly, the duck pond has now gone, the new Complex will be built over it, but I sure that the ducks have all safely moved on to other ponds in the area.There has also been some discussion about how long the duck pond has been in existence. 


This is  a 1979 photograph of Magid Drive and the Princes Highway and there is no duck pond. I also have a similiarily dated aerial which confirms this. The photos below were taken in 1993 and 1994 and the pond looks well established, so the best date I can come up with at the moment for the establishment of the duck pond is 1980s.

So, here is  a nostalgic look at the dear, late departed duck pond, play ground and Rotary Club BBQ shelter.


Duck pond, December 30 1993


A majestic pelican with his duck friends. May 17, 1994.


The ducks on  October 28, 1994


The Rotary Club BBQ shelter, October 28 1994, looking across to the Civic Centre.


Here are two photos of the playground - taken December 1993 (above) and undated but around the same time, below.


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