MEDIA ALERT – Thursday 16 May 2013

The Minister for Territories and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, will announce the launch of Canberra’s newest urban park, Blaxland Park, this coming Saturday 18 May 2013.

Formerly known as Block 51, the new park on Blaxland Crescent in Griffith ACT will be named ‘Blaxland Park’ in honor of renowned explorer, Gregory Blaxland who, together with Wentworth and Lawson, first crossed the Blue Mountains 200 years ago in May 1813.

The announcement will be made during the Centenary Street Party being organised by the Griffith Narrabundah Community Association and M16 Artspace at the Blaxland Centre.

Dr John Blaxland, a great, great, great grandson of Gregory Blaxland will be there to join the celebrations.

At the street party along with the new Blaxland Park announcement, party goers will enjoy M16 Artspace open artist studios and gallery (including Barbara van der Linden’s Faces of Canberra), live music from the Telopea Park School Band, Jumptown! Swing dancers, coffee and cakes, a sausage sizzle, booths from the local Griffith Shop keepers and residents, and much more.

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WHAT:            The announcement of Blaxland Park, GNCA and M16 Centenary Street party and art exhibitions launch.

WHERE:           M16 Artspace, Blaxland Crescent, Griffith ACT

WHEN:            From 1pm to 4pm, Saturday 18 May 2013

WHY:               Celebrate Canberra’s Centenary and the naming of Blaxland Park Griffith marking the bi-centenary of Gregory Blaxland’s journey to cross the Blue Mountains 

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