TRAVELLER'S REST: The new seats outside the front of Woodburn Op-Shop, for those who need to take a load off their feet. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times
TRAVELLER'S REST: The new seats outside the front of Woodburn Op-Shop, for those who need to take a load off their feet. Photo Samantha Elley / Rivertown Times Samantha Elley

Safe stop for weary travellers

IT WAS only nine months ago that the Mid-Richmond Anglican Parish received a grant of $5000 to build a "traveller's rest" of three benches outside their Woodburn Op-Shop, and that has now become a reality.

Canon Brian Mueller said the money was part of Anglicare North Coast's "seeding" grants for parishes to initiate welfare projects. "This is a community welfare project as it is a safe resting area for vulnerable travellers and husbands while their wives op-shop," he said.

"They were finished two weeks before Christmas just before the shop closed for the break, so we don't know how well used they will be yet."

The three aluminium benches are nestled in front of the old St Albans Anglican Church on the highway at Woodburn and Canon Mueller said they were very sturdy.

"Apparently Woodburn is the second most stopped-at town in NSW."

The next project for the parish is to possibly extend the roof of the shop entrance to provide shade for travellers.



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