Remembering Don Benfell

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Don Benfell with his wife and his lane which came about from his community activism. Photo: Contributed  

MOUNT COOLUM resident Don Benfell passed away surrounded by family on Tuesday, May 7 and this much-loved local of 24 years was known for his lane and colourful Christmas displays on his garage.  

Around ten years ago Don was determined to ensure a safe passage and walkway between Kallatina Court and the recently developed area including the Beach Haven Place subdivision which was located behind Don and his wife’s house.  

Don observed on too many occasions how many people struggled to make their way along the sandy and grassy lane and like many things, Don took this project on with gusto.  

Conversations and visits with Council over a period of months and years saw Don’s wish come true. A concrete footpath was laid some eight years ago and even more recently the curbed entranceway to the lane was finished. Over the following years, Don took it upon himself to maintain the path and its surroundings.  

Don was warmly regarded by all he met and a unanimous decision at his last Thursday night wine club meeting saw the official unveiling of ‘Don’s Lane’. Well done Don – you will be missed.  

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