Signs will mark 100 years of Lions clubs

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

NORTH Burnett Re­gional Coun­cil has ap­proved an ap­pli­ca­tion by Gayn­dah Lions Club for ad­di­tional signs in Gayn­dah nam­ing the na­ture re­serve on the cor­ner of Bar­row and Arthur Sts as Eve­lyn Grim­son Park.

The club ap­plied in May and the signs will be in­stalled at no cost to ratepay­ers.

Club pres­i­dent Bill Mel­lor said the or­gan­i­sa­tion made the of­fer in hon­our of the cen­te­nary year of Lions In­ter­na­tional.

“We sub­mit­ted it on be­half of the Lions Club for the world­wide cen­te­nary of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Mr Mel­lor said.

“It’s a nice piece of ground in town and we also wanted to hon­our a lady who used to work for coun­cil, Eve­lyn Grim­son.”

Mr Mel­lor was a mayor of the area prior to amal­ga­ma­tion but did not work with Mrs Grim­son.

“She was the sec­re­tary for coun­cil years ago,” he said.

“She and her brother had come over from Eng­land and did quite a bit for the town.

“She was in­volved with the CWA and Red Cross, but she was well and truly re­tired by the time I started at (the) coun­cil.”

The sug­ges­tion to name the park came from lo­cal busi­nes­sowner Harry Geisler, Mr Mel­lor said.

“A pri­vate com­pany had planted trees there years ago and now it seemed like a good idea to name it,” he said.

“Harry didn’t sug­gest the name but the idea came from him.”

Mr Mel­lor said it would be good to see res­i­dents use the park more and more done there to fa­cil­i­tate ac­tiv­i­ties.

“About 10 years ago we man­aged to get a seat in­stalled there; a dear old lady used to walk into town and would stop at the park for a rest,” he said.

“I don’t think it’s there any more but that would be good to see again.”

Mr Mel­lor hoped the coun­cil would con­tinue the beau­ti­fi­ca­tion and up­keep of cer­tain ar­eas in town, in­clud­ing the up­date of park benches.

“I wrote into (the) coun­cil on be­half of Lions and sug­gested some­thing be done with the seats out­side the Gayn­dah Court House,” he said.

“I think the Men’s Shed would be more than happy to fix them up.

“Some are run down and have splin­ters on them at the mo­ment.

“The Men’s Shed are just look­ing for the green light from (the) coun­cil.”

An up­graded sign for the cen­te­nary of Lions is also be­ing in­stalled at Gayn­dah Lions Club.

“Those signs are be­ing co-or­di­nated as part of the cen­te­nary and should look good once they have been fin­ished,” Mr Mel­lor said.

Coun­cil­lor John Zahl is work­ing with the club to en­sure the sig­nage meets re­quired spec­i­fi­ca­tions.

❝ It’s a nice piece of ground in town and we also wanted to hon­our a lady who used to work for coun­cil. — Bill Mel­lor

WEL­COME MOVE: Gayn­dah Lions Club pres­i­dent Bill Mel­lor gives spe­cial at­ten­tion to the town’s parks and gar­dens and is happy to see the signs be­ing in­stalled.

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