New Waterford Rise park named
 Baw Baw News   By // 11:59, Wednesday 21 October 2015

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A PREVIOUSLY unnamed and yet-to-be-built reserve in the Waterford Rise estate west of Warragul has been given a title.

Above: A map of the Kestle Park area. Source: council documents.

Baw Baw councillors last week approved the name Kestle Park for the site, after former land owner Ethel Maude Kestle.


The parkland is presently under construction as part of the estate’s development. It is expected the park and stages 15 and 16 will be completed by the end of next year.

The park’s area will cover a small valley bordered by Silverwood Drive, part of the old display home area, a small section of Crole Drive and the under construction Limestone Court.

Baw Baw Developments, the group in charge of the estate’s development, requested the name which was supported by the council’s Place Names Advisory Committee.

No submissions were received during community consultation on the naming.


Kestle Park is one of six reserves reserves under development at Waterford Rise. Central wetland area Penaluna Park was the first to be named, with an official opening in March this year.

“Penaluna Park is the first of six reserve areas within the estate that we hope through naming will recognise those families that have had a strong ownership connection to the Waterford Rise land over the years,” Gary Tomasetti of Baw Baw Developments said in a media release at the time.

“Names such as Penaluna, Marrabel, Kestle, Hamilton, Harkness and Strachan are synonymous with this area and it will be great to have them recognised in this way.

“William Henry Penaluna migrated from Cornwall in England in 1853 and settled in Boolarra around 1878, establishing the first hotel in the area, known as the Settlors Arms.

“In 1924 he acquired the property at Warragul from John Arnold Holden and held it until his death in 1943.

“William Penaluna was also an uncle to members of the Kestle family who purchased the adjoining property at the same time.”

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One response to “New Waterford Rise park named”

  1. helen murdock says:

    Just as well they approved it….all the marketing for the past 6 months has been ‘kestle park’ release…no surprises here