Plan to expand memorial park drawn up

THERE have been nine workplace deaths recorded in Tasmania this year.

Four of those occured within the past six weeks.

Beauty Point's Guy Hudson knows the pain of the workers' families all too well. His son, Matthew, 16, died while on work experience at Blue Ribbon meatworks in 2004.

He and Launceston City Council's landscape architect Niall Simpson were part of the steering committee to establish stage one of the Tasmanian Workers Commemorative Gardens, next to Aurora Stadium on Invermay Road.

The gardens were opened in 2011, but the pair feels there is still more to do.

``I think it's very important, I believe it's the only one of its type around where all workers are honoured and remembered,'' Mr Hudson said.

Both agree that the one flaw of the garden is that its existence is not widely known.

They hope to involve and inform the community and improve the park.

``This isn't a cemetery, this is a place to remember the good times,'' Mr Hudson said.

``This is a place to celebrate their lives, not their death.''

Plans have been drawn up to expand the park, building a barbecue area and more features, which Mr Simpson has estimated will cost about $120,000.

 Anyone wanting further information or who wants to be involved in the park's further development can contact Mr Hudson on 0408 309 905 or guyshog98@yahoo.com.au

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