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Dedicated to Rosey

Together: Attendees at the opening of the Rosey Panelli Memorial Garden. Photo by Contributed

A new sensory garden at Goulburn Options has been dedicated to its former chief executive, Rosemary ‘Rosey’ Panelli.

A small ceremony was held on Friday, May 6, and was attended by Rosey’s family, friends and members of the Goulburn Options community.

Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum was also in Seymour to unveil the plaque for the Rosemary Panelli Memorial Garden.

The garden was established with the support of an $18,000 grant from the Commonwealth Stronger Communities program.

Goulburn Options chief executive Melinda Burgess was pleased the garden had opened and paid tribute to the support provided by the Cherry Tree Wind Farm, Rotary Seymour and the GO Again Op Shop.

“The sensory garden was the passion of Rosey Panelli who not only worked hard to secure funding to make it happen, but worked tirelessly over many weekends digging, planting and creating the dream,” Ms Burgess said.

“The space is a wonderful area for outdoor activities and for participants just to walk around and enjoy the aromas and its beauty.”

A bird bath was also dedicated to past GO participant Darren Ridley.

Celebrate: Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum unveils the Rosey Panelli Memorial Garden plaque with GO outcomes manager Megan Montgomery. Photo by Contributed
Standinig together: Damian Drum (left) with Goulburn Options deputy chair Tracy Hynam, outcomes manager Megan Montgomery and board members Bob Edwards and Tony Gooden. Photo by Contributed
In memory: Darren Ridley’s memorial bird bath. Photo by Contributed