A tradition first observed 25 years ago was again followed this year when 31 neighbours from Bongaree’s Allamanda Drive and Azalea Avenue gathered in the adjacent Marquadt Park for an Australia Day breakfast. This year Libby entertained everyone with her talented Whip Cracking.

One of the original members of the group, Paul King, recalled that the park was not much more than an expanse of sand in 1992, and it was only due to residents bordering the park dumping and watering in their lawn clippings that the park eventually became completely grassed. Les Edis, another original member, said “We all had to bring beach brollies for shade in the early days, because the park’s trees were just small saplings. The fig tree under which we now gather has grown to the extent that it provides more than enough shade for the whole group”.

In the latter half of 2017, the Abbey Museum sought assistance from the Federal Member for Longman, Susan Lamb MP, in lobbying the Federal Government for funding. With assistance from Ms Lamb, the Abbey Museum has been successful in securing $5,000 under the Stronger Communities Program which will help with the construction of fencing around the Museum’s Joust Arena, a feature of its Abbeystowe Living Museum project.

Ms Lamb said “The Abbey Museum and Festival has evolved into a national institution, bringing thousands of visitors into our region each year. This provides a massive boost to our local economy in terms of spending and employment.”

While visiting the Museum to officially announce the successful application, Ms Lamb met with Director and Board Secretary, Edith Cuffe O.A.M., to discuss the next steps for the Abbeystowe Living Museum project.

The project will bring the Museum to life with real medieval experiences, featuring roving actors, craft worker demonstrations, and lifelike buildings and structures which will give visitors an understanding of the cultural and social practices of the Middle Ages.

“‘It’s a really exciting proposal and one that I’m following very closely. Anything that brings jobs, tourism, and education to our region is definitely something that I’d support’” Ms Lamb said.”

The Member for Longman and the Museum’s management will continue to work together to identify opportunities for Government support that will assist with the Abbeystowe Living Museum project’s development.

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