THE project to fund and erect a lasting memorial to road safety advocate and community stalwart has been achieved.
Mayor Anne Baker said she was proud to open the large, specially procured shade shelter at a special ceremony last Friday.
"The rest area is complete with solar lighting and a spectacular drink fountain in a fitting testament to Susie's memory,” she said.
"Isaac Regional Council was proud to help fund the project along with the Nebo community, Rio Tinto, Walkerston Rotary, Freemasons, Civeo and local companies.
"Jim Pearce MP made a very special announcement that permission has been granted to name and sign the rest area as the Susie Whitehead Memorial Rest Area.
"Large permanent signage inside the roof of the shelter will recognise Susie and all involved in this project,” she said.
The sign, with an image of Susie will read: In honour of Susie Whitehead our "Nebo Community Road Safety Warrior”. Giver of love and laughter to the world, and a selfless people person.
Susie was deeply involved with many community projects throughout her life.
A member of the Nebo Community Development Group Inc, Susie was leader and media spokesperson for the Roadsafe Campaign. The campaign was developed to focus on safety aspects, and successfully received funding for the Peak Downs Highway.
To highlight fatigue awareness Susie coordinated the many 24-hour, 14-day Nebo Roadsafe September Rest-stops.
The rest stops, manned by volunteers, and supported by the Road Accident Action Group, mining companies and the whole community, will long be remembered.
The generosity of community, Council and local businesses has enabled this rest area upgrade in Susie's memory.
The facility honours Susie's advocacy of safe driving and fatigue awareness and serves as a constant reminder for road safety on this highway.