Meet the Family
Updated: Apr 5
MATE & DOUG
Karrawingi Park started as a passion project for my grandmother Mate, (her real name is Aileen, I actually don't know where she got the nickname but everyone I know calls her Mate), and my grandfather Doug (no nickname, just Doug).
They built their house at 993 Stumpy Gully Road in 1958, the house my dad and his brothers grew up in and the one the two of them still live in today. The garden itself they've been working on since they moved in, amidst this Karrawingi Park was created.
They like to say they've 'retired' but they literally built this bridge from scratch a couple months ago...
Mate and Doug will celebrate 69 years of marriage in July 2022.
Today their son (my dad) Steve manages the Park. He's probably not what you expect, and the likelihood he will greet you while wearing a Monster Energy hat is pretty high. Don't let that fool you though, he's cool. Not just the type of cool you want to be friends with, but the relaxed easy breezy kind of cool too.
Any questions you have direct them to Steve, he's your guy!
And me, my name is Olivia. I mostly look after the internet presence of the Park (I bet you could tell it wasn't Steve handling the socials). I have a background in event management and marketing so I kind of just put my skills to use and help out where I can, whether that's updating the website or tending to the garden.
I feel a special connection with the Park and spend a lot of my time fantasizing about its future. My brain is flooded with ideas that I am yet to execute, so watch this space. Follow along @karrawingipark.
And that's the team! Thanks for meeting us and for considering Karrawingi Park.