Signs will mark 100 years of Lions clubs
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.