Lions Club refurbish Market Square, with some help from their friends

Francis Williams (with Alya and Saskia Williams), Ian Unsworth, Rose Lusty, Max Whitford, Wayne Lusty, Clare Unsworth, Robyn Whitford and Gabrielle Leis celebrate the Market Square refurbishment.
Francis Williams (with Alya and Saskia Williams), Ian Unsworth, Rose Lusty, Max Whitford, Wayne Lusty, Clare Unsworth, Robyn Whitford and Gabrielle Leis celebrate the Market Square refurbishment.

‘Where’s Market Square?’ you may well ask. 

Market Square is the rest area in High Street just opposite Tenterfield Veterinary Clinic, and for many travellers it’s their first impression of Tenterfield or their last.

The establishment of the rest area was a Lions Club of Tenterfield project way back in the last 1970’s, current club president Wayne Lusty said.

It received some refurbishment back in 1997 to mark 50 years of Lions Clubs in Australia, but more recently received another spruce up to mark the organisation’s 2017 worldwide centenary.

“We felt it needed upgrading as it was becoming a bit worn,” Mr Lusty said.

The area received new aluminum tabletops and a new sign, thanks to the financial support of Ian and Clare Unsworth.

Dr Unsworth had the honour of unveiling a plaque in front of Lions members to celebrate the upgrade on Sunday, May 6.

Ian Unsworth unveils the plaque noting the financial contribution to the upgrade donated by himself and wife Clare.

Ian Unsworth unveils the plaque noting the financial contribution to the upgrade donated by himself and wife Clare.

Even though not many know it by name, Mr Lusty said Market Square is a busy stopover for many tourists, and can help to spur some spending in town.

“We have to make sure these places are available to the public, and then they’re more likely to venture into town.

“We don’t want it to be an eyesore.”

Mr Lusty said in the 1.5 hours he was there on Sunday morning around 40 travellers stopped for a toilet break or a cup of tea. He’d like to extend the refurbishment to the toilet block and possibly provide more covered seating areas. 

He also pushing council to considering extending roadside curb and guttering to the rest area.

“When it rains, it turns into a bog hole,” he said.

“It’s important to be proud of it as a community. There’s always someone there.”

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