Follow the brick path to Banjo

WORK to crush the remains of Templer’s Mill to make a path at Banjo Paterson Park started on Monday.

The pile of brick rubble has sat at the site since the mill was demolished by Canobolas Shire Council in 1971.

The path is part of Orange City Council’s $20,000 upgrade works to beautify the park in time for Paterson’s 150th birthday celebrations in February.

An archaeologist was on hand to supervise the work to ensure it followed the recommendations of the site’s management plan written by Professor Ian Jack.

Orange District Historical Society life members Elizabeth Griffin and Marie Hammond also witnessed work get underway.

Ms Griffin said removing the pile of rubble will make the site safer for visitors and will expose the mill’s footings.

The crushed-brick path will link the significant areas of the site including the mill foundations and a well.

So far work to make over the site has included a new post and rail fence along Ophir Road and changes to the car park area.

When work is completed the site is expected to have more fencing and interpretive signs explaining the significance of the area to visitors.                                    - Clare Colley

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