600 signatures swing Brontë’s memorial bench

The late Brontë Haskins

A PETITION of 600 signatures helps within the wrestle to safe a memorial bench at Shepherds Lookout, in honour of the late Brontë Haskins.

Brontë died by suicide in 2020, on the age of 23, whereas experiencing important psychological well being and substance points.

She had beforehand shared that Shepherds Lookout was her favorite place to simply “be”.

Shadow attorney-general Peter Cain mentioned the federal government has beforehand rejected calls to put in the bench, citing rules that solely allow ACT government-funded memorials for members of the group who’ve offered important contributions.

“I consider their rejection represents very poor judgement, as Brontë’s legacy deserves to be memorialised,” mentioned Cain.

“Brontë saved a fellow venturer from drowning in 2011, whereas additionally saving an additional 4 lives by donating her organs by way of ‘Donate Life’.”

Cain introduced ahead the 600 signatures right this moment (October 12), saying the signatures, many from Ginninderra and surrounding suburbs, confirmed how passionate individuals within the space are in regards to the bench being constructed.

“The bench shall be of public use, as a spot to relaxation, chill out and overlook the winding Murrumbidgee River, as Brontë as soon as did. Brontë’s dad and mom, Janine and Peter, have even provided to pay for the set up,” mentioned Cain.

Cain says it’s promising that some Labor and Greens MLAs have pledged their help for the bench.

“I’m glad that we would, ultimately, see a beneficial consequence for Brontë and her family members,” he mentioned.

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Ian Meikle, editor