$10,000 grant to plant Memorial Avenue

Garden Club members Sharon Bowles, Wendy Mulligan and David Kanaley
30th Mar 2021

The Guyra Garden Club has received a $10,000 grant from the Fire Fight Australia Fund through the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal – Strengthening Rural Communities grant program.
With these funds the Guyra Garden Club will plant a service men and women’s Memorial Avenue along Bradley Street beginning just south of the Soldiers Memorial Hall and extending south to Sandon Street.
The Grant will partly fulfil the goal shared by the Guyra Garden Club with the Rotary Club of Guyra, the Guyra Sub-Branch of the RSL, the Guyra and District Chamber of Commerce and other Clubs. They are planning for a Guyra Spring Flower Festival incorporating the Memorial Avenue and a Mandala Garden in the parklands formally reserved in 1951 for a memorial park but now known as Rotary Park and Apex Park. The first tree plantings will occur as the main feature of a Spring Flower Festival later this year. They are hoping that the Festival will grow over time.
The grant aims to strengthen the Guyra and district community and local pride by recognising the efforts and, in many cases, ultimate sacrifice, of service men and women who fought in any of the wars Australia has been involved in and particularly those recognised in the Honour Rolls at the Soldiers Memorial Hall.
By planting a Memorial Avenue these local Clubs seek to increase the understanding and shared knowledge of locals and visitors alike of the price paid by so many families and individuals in the time of war. In addition the planting of a Memorial Avenue will finally fulfil the Council resolution of 1951 – even if it has taken 70 years to do so!
President of the Guyra Garden Club, Wendy Mulligan, added that two further applications have been made through the Guyra Garden Club.
“If successful, they will enable the design and construction of a mandala garden as a place of reflection at the Sandon Street end of the Memorial Avenue,” Wendy said. “This would include associated seating, picnic tables and BBQ and I am confident that the local community fully support this proposal.”