Trib­ute park con­struc­tion be­gins

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

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.

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