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Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Parklands Sydney

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10 November 2011

Cocktails in the Park – enchanting evening with a sober message
‘Cocktails in the Park’ has a glamorous Spring ring about it, and so it proved,  when guests attended a cocktail party in Centennial Parklands, Sydney, organised by Sarah Whyte, Chair of the Centennial Parklands Foundation, the Governors and the Events Committee.

Invitees to the fundraiser event were treated, at Centennial Parklands Restaurant, to a selection of delectable produce to taste ranging from foie gras and amazing cheese selections down (or up to) the ‘Lay Down Misere’ of open air dining ‘sausages on the barbie’.

Parkland rangers and volunteers circulated amongst guests with local creatures large and small, including an unlikely named ‘Children’s Python’ and a splendiferous coloured ‘Bearded Dragon’.  The Kambala School Band entertained us with some enthusiastic playing ‘al fresco’ to the background of the evening’s star guest, Centennial Parklands itself.

Centennial Park in Sydney is one of the world’s great large urban parks comprising some 360 hectares or close to 900 acres (Central Park, New York is 843 acres and Hyde Park, London, only 625 acres) and some 15,000 trees. The research showing the health and physiological benefits to city dwellers of having such green spaces within a dense urban conurbation is overwhelming and well established.  In addition, Centennial Parklands offers fantastic educational facilities with some 20,000 participants this year benefitting from environmental education activities and school holiday programs which are designed to promote understanding and appreciation of the natural environment and cultural heritage of the Parklands.

Visitors to the Parklands and non-visitors alike, however, are often in danger of taking such parkland for granted.  Imagine the reaction to a hypothetical announcement that ‘Centennial Park is to be closed through insufficient funds to maintain it’.  Unreal though such a shocking proposition might be, the stark reality is that it currently costs $23 million dollars annually to maintain Sydney’s Centennial Park but the Park receives on average only some 3% of those costs in government funding.

So the message conveyed by events such as ‘Cocktails in the Park’ is to get behind and support The Centennial Parklands Foundation.  The Foundation is a charitable organisation, established by the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust, to support the Trust and to ensure the Centennial Parklands environment continues to be enjoyed today and by future generations.

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Vikki Conray wth a 'Children's Python' - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Vikki Conray wth a 'Children's Python'

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Alli Hensch and a bearded dragon - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Alli Hensch and a bearded dragon

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Centennial Parklands Dining - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Centennial Parklands Dining

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Christine Diefenbach with Matt Corby who performed at the event - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Christine Diefenbach with Matt Corby who performed at the event

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Centennial Parklands Dining - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Centennial Parklands Dining

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

David Smith and Gary Jones - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

David Smith and Gary Jones

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Mark Cavenagh, Vitek, Kim Knudsen, Stephan Elliott - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Mark Cavenagh, Vitek, Kim Knudsen, Stephan Elliott

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Socialising with the 'after dark' park animals - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Socialising with the 'after dark' park animals

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Sarah Whyte and Anthony Bullimore - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Sarah Whyte and Anthony Bullimore

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Tim Holmes-a-Court and Anna Viaz - Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

Tim Holmes-a-Court and Anna Viaz

Cocktails in the Park, Centennial Park Sydney

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