Barbecue brings the community together

21:54, Mar 26 2014
Victory barbecue
SET TO SIZZLE: From left, Chelsea (YMCA), Monique, Aimee (VCA) holding Tamarama, and Joshua (in front), Alex (YMCA) , Nikita, Jaladhi, Deja, Trish (VCA), Ra, George, Ragnar a the Victory barbecue.

A free barbecue at Victory Square has been a fun way for the community to come together over the summer months.

The Victory Community Association has run the barbecue every Friday night since December, and will wrap the season up with its final sizzle in the park tomorrow.

The community association is also planning a pot luck get together and games in the square on Sunday, from 3pm to celebrate Neighbours Day.

Co-ordinator Trish Walshe says the barbecues started as a trial in December and were so successful they continued this year.

She says they attract a wide cross-section of the diverse Victory community across all ages. The feedback she has received is that people love it and it is attracting people to the park.

Two weeks ago Trish says she cooked up 100 sausages and eight kilograms of fish, and estimates the free event feeds about 100 people.


The barbecues have been kindly supported by local sponsors including Victory on the Spot Dairy which has donated bread and Sealord which donates fish. Other organisations including Resolution Chambers, Guiseppes Fish and Chips and Just Turkish kebabs have provided cash donations. The YMCA youth group have helped Trish with the barbecue and Trish says they have been great to work with.

The free barbecue ran at the same time that Victory Community Health ran its Lark in the Park programme.

Lark in the Park offers free family, arts and physical Activities and will recommence in November 2014.

The Victory Community Association (VCA) will be holding community barbecues at these events as well.

The barbecues in Victory Square were installed following fundraising from the Victory Community Association.