Park opening honours pioneering Ripley family
ONE of the first families to build at the Ecco Ripley site was honoured on the weekend with the opening of Brooking Parklands.
Ecco Ripley developers Sekisui House officially opened Brooking Parklands on Saturday with hundreds turning out to explore the new park and playground.
Pamela Brooking and her late husband Greg bought 18ha (45 acres) in the Ripley Valley in 1989 and with the help of their son-in-law, a carpenter, built their own homestead, one of the first homes in the area.
"It was just scrub. When we bought it there was nothing but trees there. There wasn't even a way into there," Mrs Brooking said.
Greg and Pamela moved from Brassall for a lifestyle change and later built three more homes for their daughters at Ripley.
"Greg grew up on a farm. He loved the country. He loved his cattle and horses. That was the reason behind wanting to buy the acreage," she said.
The family homestead has now been demolished and the original entry road to their home has become the entry to Brooking Rise.
The Brookings moved to Flinders View recently as Greg was fighting a rare muscle disease and had to downsize their home.
Pamela, her daughters Andrea, who still lives at Ripley, and Glenda and two nephews attended the opening on Saturday.
"It was such an honour, for me, for my family, for my late husband. It was more than I could have ever dreamed.
"Greg would have been overwhelmed to think that we have carried the Brooking name on."