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Maitland rolls the dice with new Monopoly edition


How many LGAs within the state can boast its own jail, water works, at least four train stations and several historic landmarks?

Well, Maitland’s able to.

And, council has made the most of it by producing a special-themed edition of Monopoly, featuring iconic sites and locations throughout the Local Government Area.

Even mayor Philip Penfold can’t wait to roll the dice and see where he lands.

The My Maitland edition of Monopoly is expected to be extremely popular with residents.

“What better place than Maitland to have a Monopoly theme?” he said.

“Our city has Maitland Gaol, the Walka Water Works and several railway stations (from Telarah to Thornton), like the original boardgame.

“Then we can add places such as Tocal, The Levee lifestyle precinct, Morpeth and more.

“Some people will say ‘what about?’ or ‘you forgot this and that’ but I believe it’s a good mix of the LGA.

“I think the demand is going to be high, too.

“We’ve only got a limited number of sets, relative to what other cities have done.

“So, I’m sure they’ll get snapped up quickly, it’s a great opportunity for gift-giving.

“Those who don’t love chocolate might like a Monopoly set… with Easter around the corner.”

Players will buy, sell and trade their way to victory as they celebrate Maitland’s rich history, heritage and culture.

“Maitland is a fantastic place to live, work and play – and initiatives like this spotlight our landmarks and lifestyle, including our lively arts community, colourful events calendar, burgeoning culinary scene and boutique accommodation options,” Cr Penfold said.

“So, this edition’s a fantastic keepsake for locals, visitors and especially for people who have lived here and moved away.

“It retains all the beloved elements of the traditional game, with the added charm that comes from capturing Maitland’s riverside locale and historic locations.

“Also, it’s not just the CBD; it’s the entirety of the city.

“It’s taken quite a while to get through because the demand with the manufacturer has been high and there’s been a long list of cities doing something similar.

“But, at the end of the day, it’s a bit of fun.

“It is something that we will fully recoup, too, so there’ll be no cost to the ratepayers.”

Maitland City mayor Philip Penfold and Maitland City Council’s marketing officer Caprice Woolley at Maitland Gaol. Photo: Rod Thompson

Since its launch in 1935, Monopoly has become a beloved pop culture classic and is a firm fixture in household boardgame collections across the globe.

That includes the Penfold domicile as well.

“Everyone recalls those long nights playing Monopoly,” he told the Newcastle Weekly.

“Well, certainly those from my generation – Gen X.

“Those lengthy games that didn’t go anywhere until Uncle Harry tipped over the board when he wasn’t happy with the outcome.

“I think a lot of people can relate to that.

“So, hopefully, this will produce a lot of memories for the youngsters.

“Plus, it’s another great opportunity for everyone to celebrate all things Maitland.”

Maitland Monopoly is now available for purchase at the Maitland Visitor Information Centre, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Maitland Gaol and via the MyMaitland website

Click and collect options are also accessible at select locations.

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