Posted by Sally Squires
Located in the heart of the Eltham Lower Park children’s playground is the Rotary Club of Eltham’s latest club project, a children’s cubby house.  As children arrive and explore, voices are raised in delight, as they find the new wheelchair friendly addition, Butterfly Cottage. With large open windows to look inside, a seat to join others in play, a beautiful Eltham Copper butterfly on the outside and ants crawling up the roof line; the children are happy in simple outdoor play.  Rotary Club members, partners and other Friends of Rotary similarly enjoyed joining together over several days to lay concrete and matting, build the cubby frame and walls, then paint it in bright colours.  Butterfly Cottage has joined earlier Rotary projects in the ELP including the BBQ shelters, public seating near the Rotary Sunday sausage BBQ and the shade sails.
Donated by the Rotary Club of Eltham, in cooperation with a Rotary Foundation District Grant, to the Eltham Community.  With thanks to designer Ali Coster, Home Timber and Hardware, local artists Paul and Barb Rushton (donated the butterfly) and Nillumbik Shire Council.