New playspace opens in Jamisontown 

Penrith Mayor Todd Carney was joined by the family of the late Max Baker to officially celebrate the naming of Max Baker Reserve in Jamisontown.

PENRITH City Council has officially opened a new playspace in the renamed Max Baker Reserve in Jamisontown. 

Located in the reserve which sits between Harris Street and Willoring Crescent, the new shaded playspace features a 25-metre flying fox, large multi-play unit, swing set, inclusive airplane springer, balance trail, and interactive equipment for young children including a musical play panel, speedboat, flower talk tube and play café shop front.  

The reserve was named to recognise the late Max Baker, who was born in 1930 and lived his whole life in Penrith, up until his passing in June 2021.  

Penrith Mayor Todd Carney said Mr Baker made a significant contribution to the local community over the course of his life. 

“Mr Baker joined Penrith City Council as a clerk at the age of 19 and was well-known for his professional integrity and dedication over his 40-year career,” Cr Carney said. 

“He oversaw great change in Council’s financial management systems and enabled financial programs to fund the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, the current Civic Centre, and many other projects across the Local Government Area.

“On behalf of Council, I hope that Max Baker Reserve and this new playspace will serve as a wonderful reminder for those who knew and loved him, and give those in the community who did not know him the opportunity to learn about his legacy.” 

The playspace in Max Baker Reserve has been upgraded with newequipment, shade, seating, and landscaping.

In addition to his professional contributions, Mr Baker was also a keen sportsperson and in his younger years played rugby league football for Penrith and captained A-grade.  

From age 30, lawn bowls was his passion, and representing Penrith Bowling Club he won numerous pennants and championships. 

The playspace upgrade was funded by the NSW Government through the Western Sydney Infrastructure Grants Program. 

It also includes new pathways, bench seating, and landscaping. 

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