Tribute park construction begins
The construction of Edward River Councils newest park is underway.
A tribute to the late Manny Pottinger, Conargo’s resident windmill repair man, Pottinger Park is in the first stages of construction.
Completion is expected to coincide with planting of the garden beds in time for next year’s autumn break.
Edward River Council has been working with community representatives and Liesl Malan Landscape Architects to develop a strong design for the site on the corner of Conargo and Carrathool roads.
The park will include a striking windmill as a tribute to one of the village’s favourite residents.
It will be dedicated to the unsung heroes of the wool industry, with Manny at the forefront.
Although he never owned a sheep in his life, Manny played an integral role across the stations of the area.
For more than half a century, he climbed the rungs of almost every windmill in the district to ensure a reliable supply of water for stock.
Pottinger Park will provide a welcoming, shady area for locals and tourists.
The custom seats have been designed specifically for the site and a series of signs will include stories of the village and some of its residents.
A boulevard of Jacaranda trees was chosen by community members in reference to the trees Joyce and Manny planted in their garden, next door to the new site.
Edward River Council interim general manager Barry Barlow is looking forward to opening the new park next year.
‘‘Pottinger Park is a tribute to Manny. It also complements the various projects in each of the villages we’ve been working on over several years.
‘‘It will benefit visitors by giving them a pleasant environment and introducing them to some of the village history.
‘‘These projects have all been designed to support small businesses, like the Conargo Store, and the communities of each village.’’
Earthworks have begun on site and the works team has already encountered an unexpected challenge.
They discovered a large section of asphalt from part of an old road buried well below the ground.
This has all been carefully removed and work will continue after the holiday break.
If you would like to know more about this project or have stories about the village history to share, contact Helen Flisher at Edward River Council on 5898 3000.