The golf membership which rejected proposals for a memorial to 4 youngsters killed in a horror crash has spoken a couple of doable meeting after backlash.
In February 2020, Abdallah youngsters Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, have been killed by Samuel Davidson when he ploughed into them on Bettington Street in Oatlands whereas the kids have been strolling.
Dad and mom Danny and Leila Abdallah have been working with Parramatta council on the design, funding and development of a memorial for his or her “angels” which might sit underneath a tree within the tough alongside Oatlands’ twelfth gap – the place the our bodies got here to relaxation.
It’s about 5m in from the footpath on Bettington Street. Nevertheless, Oatlands’ board members have come underneath fireplace for dismissing two design ideas from Parramatta Metropolis Council.
It has additionally been revealed the membership has not responded to a heartfelt letter from Mr Abdallah pleading with the membership to settle for one of many design proposals.
Within the letter, Mr Abdallah presents to fund 4 junior golf scholarships a 12 months for 10 years as a present of goodwill.
The membership’s board will solely study 4 proposed memorial stone plinths if they’re no bigger than 50cm excessive and 40cm large — the specs for non permanent roadside memorials as set by Roads and Maritime Providers (RMS).
One of many rejected proposals featured a low, sweeping metal sculpture to characterize “an angel’s wing and a mom’s arm offering a way of security and safety for her youngsters”, with a curved bench to permit guests to “relaxation and mirror”, and bushes that blossom in February to mark the anniversary of the crash.
The proposed designs additionally featured 4 sunken sandstone boulders with identify plaques to keep in mind Sienna, Angelina, Antony and Veronique, which have additionally been rejected.
Oatlands GC common supervisor Sam Howe promised the membership would preserve discussions with the Abdallah household.
“The membership is sympathetic to the tragedy and the affect the crash has had on the Abdallah and Sakr households,” Mr Howe advised NCA NewsWire.
“We’re additionally upset with how the membership has been misrepresented within the media through the previous week.
“We hope to have the chance to proceed the respectful discussions we now have had with the Abdallah household.”
Oatlands Golf Club claims it was open to a proposal it acquired in August that Liberal MP Geoff Lee had instructed Parramatta council to draw up, with tips of “4 small memorial stones which are no larger than 350mm x 400mm and surrounded by low grass, comparable to mondo grass”.
The membership claims the 2 designs it acquired after that have been totally different to the initially agreed upon dimensions.
Mr Howe stated the membership’s board was due to meet on the finish of February however may call an extraordinary meeting earlier than then, to discuss the memorial proposals.
Parramatta Metropolis Council didn’t reply to requests for remark.