NICE SPOT TO SIT: Alstonville Rotarian Harry Pampel and Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club member Ian Pickford with one of the wooden benches placed at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park.
NICE SPOT TO SIT: Alstonville Rotarian Harry Pampel and Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club member Ian Pickford with one of the wooden benches placed at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park.

Benches are back in use

FIVE wooden benches originally made by Alstonville High School students are back in use.

The benches, installed in Main St in 1999 and sponsored by the Alstonville Rotary Club, the Alstonville-Wollongbar Quota Club and the Alstonville Lions Club, were put into storage when the street was upgraded by Ballina Shire Council.

As council had replaced the wooden seats with new ones, no one noticed the wooden ones had gone.

That is until Alstonville Rotary Club president Harry Pampel went to the Elizabeth Ann Brown Park with his grandchildren and there wasn't a bench to sit on. That sparked his memory of the seats and he contacted council.

The seats were taken out of storage and delivered to the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club at Summerland House Farm where the wood was stripped back, some pieces replaced and the benches re-coated. They have now been installed at the children's playground in the park and at Crawford House Museum.


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