Topic: West Melton Millennium project

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A striking terracotta bas-relief sculpture of a horse, symbolising the importance of the racing industry to the district, created by John Murphy of Woodend.

Travellers through West Melton will have noticed the large "gift-wrapped" object in the newly landscaped carpark of the West Melton Hall. A large crowd of West Melton residents and invited guests gathered on Sunday for the official unveiling of the West Melton Year 2000 Project by Cr Heather Wild who represents the West Melton Ward.

Arriving for this in miniature pony-drawn carts were Mrs Dorothy Oakley, Chairperson of the West Melton Residents Association, Cr Heather Wild, Mayor Mr Michael McEvedy, and Mr Lester Langdale, the oldest resident of the district.

Revealed was a striking terracotta bas-relief sculpture of a horse, symbolising the importance of the racing industry to the district, created by John Murphy of Woodend. A frieze of grapevines depicts the thriving local wine industry and other panels symbolise the farming industry.

Before the speeches, a Golden Totara, the official tree of the millennium, was planted behind the carpark by Mr Lester Langdale.
In her speech, Mrs Oakley paid tribute to the co-ordinators of the project, Ron Panckhurst and Michele Sutton and to other members of the West Melton Residents Association and the West Melton Garden Club who have assisted. She congratulated John Murphy on his finished sculpture and thanked the Selwyn District Council and the Community Trust for their financial assistance towards this project.

Source: Malvern News 15th June 2000

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