|Bricklayers at work on the wall.|
Project manager Ngaire Glover said credit for the idea was due to Dorothy Robinson, who had initially raised the matter of a pioneer wall with the New Norfolk Historical Information Centre some years ago.
Mrs Glover revived the idea when the Derwent Valley Council asked the community for proposals for funding under the Federal Government's Regional and Local Community Infrastructure Project. Mrs Robinson and Mrs Glover put a formal grant application proposal to the council and the $11,000 project was approved by the Federal Government last year.
Mrs Glover said professional plans had been drawn up and the site on the High St side of Arthur Square was accessible and visible. The curved wall reflects a river theme and the use of sandstone-coloured smooth-faced bricks is both aesthetically pleasing and will enable brass plaques to be installed.
Descendants of pioneering families are invited to put their name forward to purchase a plaque to add to the wall. For more information contact Mrs Glover on 0419 337 608.