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Two stalwarts of Kingscliff’s Wommin Bay Hostel have been formally recognised through the laying of plaques at the entrance to the Murphys Road Memorial Walkway.

Mavis Gilmore and Ivan Mackay were instrumental in the establishment of the walkway for the hostel’s older residents when they sat on the management committee together in the 1990s.

At the dedication local MP Justine Elliot paid tribute to the pair, whose efforts contributed greatly to the growth of the hostel and the creation of the walkway.

‘They are two extraordinarily people committed to helping others in our community,’ Ms Elliot said.

‘They recognised that it would be beneficial for residents to have a safe walkway linked to a viewing platform where residents and the community could sit and enjoy the views overlooking the ocean,’ she added.

In 1994 the merits of their campaign were acknowledged by Tweed Shire Council and a partnership was formed between the council, Wommin Bay Hostel and the Department of Veteran Affairs.

On the April 26, 2007 General Peter Cosgrove AC, MC officially opened the Murphys Road Memorial Walkway.

‘It seems fitting that today the two driving forces, Mavis Gilmore and Ivan Mackay, behind the establishment of this Murphys Road Memorial Walk way now become part of it,’ said Ms Elliot.


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