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Friends of the Memorial Garden

The creation of the Memorial Garden has been a real team effort by a number of Parish volunteers.  We thank these people for their efforts and support.

The Concept: Annette and Les Milross raised the concept of a memorial garden beside the Engadine Church and Fr Mick Court (pp) offered his support and encouragement.

The Committee: Fr Mick formed a committee of interested parishioners to explore the possibility. The committee consisted of Annette and Les, Father Mick, Joan Moylan, Brian Carnegie, Helen and Kevin Gurney. The committee commenced exploring what had been created in other parishes in the Shire and around the State of NSW. They spoke with cemetaries, parishes, builders and other experts to determine what was possible. They selected the suitable position for the garden and slowly began to design the layout of the garden.  They presented the concept and possible landscape design to parishioners and sought feedback. They researched and prepared policies and a plan of management. Council and Archdiocese approvals were sought and granted. The walls and statue were selected and ordered through Globe Memorial Company Pty Ltd.

Landscaping: Whilst the walls and statue were built and installed by Globe Memorial, the remainder of the landscaping was completed by parish volunteers: Kevin Gurney, Les Milross, Tom Nilan and Paul Leyton. Brian Carnegie made life simpler by lending his trailer whenever needed. Michael Milross lent his brick cutter for shaping the pavers.

Plants: Joe Grimma arranged a substantial discount on the plants for the fern garden through Flower Power, Taren Point. The Native plants were obtained from the Sutherland Council Nursery with some donated by council and the remainder obtained using the "free plant" slips that parishioners received with their rates and donated to us.

Electrical:  Power points were needed in the garden to drive the two water features and for use during inurnment services. David Lebnan and his son provided free labour and materials.  Adrian Le Gras provided the box behind the statue to protect and hide the electrical cords.

The Registrars: Helen Gurney and Helen Duthie have volunteered to process all applications received for niches and plaques. 

The Lay Ministers: Joan Moylan, Annette Milross, Liz Willows and Brian Coupland have volunteered to provide inurnment services for families.