Picnic tables at Narooma dedicated to John Wallens | PHOTOS

Family and friends of the late John Wallens were joined by Eurobodalla Council representatives at the new Apex Park boat ramp picnic table on Friday afternoon for a special dedication.

The new, covered picnic tables at the boat ramp and also at the other end of the Narooma boardwalk were dedicated to Mr Wallens for his contributions to the Narooma community, and in particular its outdoor amenities. Friday also happened to be his birthday.

Those gathered heard that Mr Wallens was instrumental in setting up the Euro South Community Group and supported outdoor amenities such as the Narooma Boardwalk and then the Narooma Dalmeny Kianga shared pathway.

He was also a developer in the region, developing among other projects the extensive Parklands by the Sea subdivision at Narooma that offers an alternative for people not ready for retirement villages. 

“His passing was a great loss to our community so it’s important we have something like this to recognise his contribution,” said former Eurobodalla councillor Neil Burnside.

Councillor Lindsay Brown presented his widow Virginia Wallens with a framed certificate recognising his contributions, while plaques would be placed on the picnic tables at a later date.

Mrs Wallens said her husband always wanted Narooma to be natural and user friendly and not overdeveloped.

“We’re so proud of him and he never gave up the fight so my advice to people is if something is precious to you, never give up,” she said. “He always tried to promote outdoor amenities and was an outdoor person himself that liked good facilities.”

Also recognised, but not present at the ceremony, were fellow Narooma locals Kurt and Margaret Pisk, who also made contributions alongside Mr Wallens, who died three years ago.

Richard Stachurski who worked with him on various developments in the region said he was very honourable man who helped a lot of people in the area.