The Mergards at Des’s memorial seat.
The Mergards at Des’s memorial seat. Sharron Thomson Photography

New seats honour founders of beachside communities

WITHOUT a local cemetery, the communities of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy had nowhere to pause and remember those who had died, and the contribution they had made to the community.

Local celebrant and community volunteer Penne Millar got a group of like-minded people together and the idea of memorial seats and plaques was born.

"It seemed such a shame that there was no physical evidence of some of the founders of the local communities,'' Ms Millar said.

"The young people of the area had no idea who some of these people were, those who started this place and worked so hard to build the community.''

Ms Millar said the seats, made by local wood craftsman Gary Brighton, will be a place people can sit and reflect on the contributions of others, and enjoy the surrounds and have a chat too.

The first, placed on private land with a wonderful outlook of the 1770 Marina, commemorates the lives and achievements of two of the Discovery Coast's figures, Des Mergard and Brendan Gibson.

Ms Millar said there would be more seats placed across the towns for residents to place plaques to remember family members who have died.

A Department of Communities grant was applied for and obtained to place the memorial seats at strategic locations.

As well as Ms Millar and Mr Brighton, community leaders Cheryl Wickes and Pastor Adrian Iles have been instrumental in getting the project up.