We invited Stratford locals to help us design the improvements to Apex Park, to create a lasting legacy for the community.

This ensured that the community, and especially children, had input into the design of the park.

We would like to thank the community for their feedback and involvement.

A special shout-out to students from Stratford Primary School and St Patrick’s Primary School. They provided expert help in designing the new playground and BMX/pump track. Thanks also to the Avon Landcare Group for their guidance with the park’s revegetation, and to the Stratford Historical Society for guidance with the mural.

View photo galleries from our community days at the park.

Mural complete on new rail bridge in Stratford

Acclaimed Gippsland artist Ray Thomas painted a mural on the wall of the new rail bridge in Apex Park. It features the Avon River as its theme, as chosen by Stratford locals.

Ray is an award-winning artist with more than three decades of experience. His works are inspired by the stories and designs of his Gunaikurnai people, as well as the Gippsland country they call home.

The mural honours the Brayakaulung clan and their connection to the Avon River. It features Gunaikurnai ancestral totems and cultural practices including scarred canoe trees, stone grinding grooves and bush foods.

Avon River mural design