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GALLERY: Children’s Memorial Garden Neerkol open

Frank Foley,Patsy Weekers, Mark Torr and Monica Cosby at the Childrens Memorial Gardens Neerkol. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Frank Foley,Patsy Weekers, Mark Torr and Monica Cosby at the Childrens Memorial Gardens Neerkol. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

AS Ruby Power, Cinta Banks and Josh and Dakota Hawke cut the white, silk ribbon stretched across the entrance to the Children's Memorial Garden Neerkol, all of the children who walked the land at Neerkol in years gone by were officially granted the acknowledgment they deserve.

Close to 100 people from the Central Queensland community and across Australia gathered at the recently completed Children's Memorial Garden Neerkol on Meteor Park Rd, west of Rockhampton on Sunday morning to officially celebrate the opening of the beautiful monument.

From the mounted plaques engraved with the names of countless children who attended Neerkol, to the tiny footprints on the red, cement path leading through the garden signifying those children, the children's memorial garden is nothing short of a fitting tribute to the children of Neerkol.

The garden is the only of its kind in Australia.

The six-year project journey, led by Rockhampton's Mark Torr, was supported by the Forgot Australians Justice Committe (FAJC) which is made up of people who spent their childhood in children's homes and orphanages.

The aim of the FAJC is to locate, restore and honour the unmarked gravesites of all those who died in children's homes and orphanages throughout Australia and the Commonwealth.

Mr Torr said the event was a great success and the most beautiful moment of the day was when the children cut the ribbon.

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