Members of the Tea Gardens Men’s Shed have finished a labour of love which benefits all the community.
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A new timber walking bridge now spans a section of ‘Swan Bay’ in Hawks Nest thanks to the hard work of the Men’s Shed and other community volunteers who donated their time and expertise to the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Progress Association.
“The walkway is intended as a low key memorial to the memory of Kerry Jennings whose sudden passing recently is still a big loss to our local community,” Kevin Green, Secretary of the Progress Association told News Of The Area.
“Her husband, Trevor Jennings, was a past president of the Progress Association and Kerry was instrumental in supporting Trevor and the Association as well as other community groups in the area.”
Kevin added, “In fact, Kerry and Trevor built the first bridge at the site providing local walkers with a shortcut across a drain over the riverside reserve off Koonwarra Drive in Hawks Nest.”
“Unfortunately this bridge was soon vandalised and became unusable.”
“The new walkway is a much more robust construction and while it can be used now, it will be dedicated to Kerry by a small opening ceremony when Trevor returns to town later in the year and installs a memorial plaque.”
In the meantime, the Progress Association would like to thank all those who assisted in the project.
Kevin said, “MidCoast Council handled and delivered the timber piles to site, the local Men’s Shed, who always do such good community work and Lofty Crane Services.”
“We thank all, for their-generous donations of time, equipment and efforts.”
By Margie TIERNEY