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Community gathers to celebrate 100 years of Zumsteins

Monday 1 July, 2013

Members from the local community, The Horsham Historical Society, Grampian Wartook Promotion Group and Parks Victoria have joined forces to celebrate the 100 Year anniversary of Zumsteins Picnic Ground in the Grampians National Park.

From 10.30am, Sunday 22 September 2013, speakers and displays will bring to life the memories and vision of the area created by Walter Zumstein and his family. Activities include a community picnic and light lunch provided by the local Laharum community, a group bike ride from Rosebrook, and children’s games.

The Horsham Historical Society will produce a commemorative book on the history of the picnic ground which has been the subject of major restoration works since floods in 2011.
Rod Jenkinson, president of the Horsham Historical Society expected big crowds to celebrate the much-loved recreation space.

“For those who have never visited, visit often or have a strong association with Zumsteins, please come along,” Mr Jenkinson said. “We hope families make a day of it and bring their blankets and chairs to listen to the many stories of days past.”

“We are looking for contributions to the book that will be available on the day. If you have Zumsteins memories or photos that can be shared in a book, we would appreciate your contribution with total respect and privacy.”

Restoration works from the 2011 storm and flood event at Zumsteins will be completed for this event. Visitors will see plenty of evidence of the site’s recovery both in the picnic area and in the surrounding environment.

David Roberts, Ranger in Charge for Grampians National Park said, “The community has really banded together to put on this fantastic day. Come and see the changes and improvements undertaken as part of flood recovery work at Zumsteins, and enjoy the history and celebrations.”

Parks Victoria is funding the event with support from Horsham Rural City Council and Northern Grampians Shire.

Please email Rod Jenkinson jenkinsn@netconnect.com.au with your Zumsteins memories, stories or photos. Alternatively call into the Historical Society rooms at 33 Pynsent Street, Halls Gap on Tuesdays or Wednesdays between 1.30 - 4.30pm or phone Rod on 53822573 evenings.

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