The Grose family honoured in the final stage of the Moree Bypass
3 August 2015
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay, Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton and State Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall opened the Grose Walkway today, a key project in the Moree town centre bypass.
Minister Duncan Gay said the contribution of the local Grose family in Moree, will be recognised with the 500 metre Grose Walkway, which links River Street and Oak Street beneath the Greg Jones Bridge, now named in their honour.
“Bill Grose is a founding member of the Moree Community Liaison Group which was first established in 2004 to work with the NSW Government to deliver the best outcomes for both stages of the bypass work,” Mr Gay said.
“Bill, along with fellow Aboriginal representative the late Lou Swan, provided valuable input throughout the years to bring the bypass project to fruition. “Bill spent his childhood in the Steel Bridge Camp on the banks of the Mehi River – which was across the river and opposite the newly dedicated walkway at Moree, and has given some fascinating accounts of his own memories of life alongside the site of the new bypass.”
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said the Grose family, led by ‘White George’ Grose was the first family to establish the Steel Bridge Camp which is now across from bypass.
“Bill proudly tells the story of how his father built a home across a number of years at the Steel Bridge Camp for his family of nine children,” Mr Coulton said.
“The house was built mainly out of kerosene tins and was extended as the family grew to eventually include a concrete floor and a water tank.”
State Member for the Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said it was an honour to be among the first people to walk along the walkway.
“Bill is an elder of the Moree Aboriginal community and is no stranger to community service having spent 24 years working at Byamee, a local facility to support the homeless, before his retirement,” Mr Marshall said.
“Australia’s Indigenous culture is an integral part of the Moree community – and the Grose Walkway is testament to this and the respect we all have for the Grose family.”
Mr Grose said he has enjoyed providing input and guidance to the bypass project via the Community Liaison Group.
“I’ve seen a lot of changes in the Moree community through the years - some of them not so good,” Mr Grose said.
“This bypass is the best thing that has ever happened to Moree.
“I have really enjoyed being involved to make sure our local Aboriginal history has been recognised and preserved.
“I thank the members of the Moree Community Liaison Group for honouring my family with the naming of the Grose Walkway,” Mr Grose said.
The Grose Walkway connects the Aboriginal Interpretive Area below the Greg Jones Bridge to Gosport Street and is open to the public.
- For Mr Coulton: Amy Welham 02 6882 0999
- For Mr Gay: Clementine Julian 0417 635 891
- For Mr Marshall: Adam Marshall 0429 440 054
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