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The park commemorates Bernie Thompson who was the founder of Harbourside Haven Village.

While operating the “Meals on Wheels” for pensioners from the Nelson Bay R.S.L. Memorial Club the volunteers noticed that a significant proportion of our older residents and in particular Veterans were finding difficulty in coping with the many domestic tasks associated with normal urban living. The plight of these senior citizens was made more distressing by the knowledge there was nowhere in the Council area they could find accommodation compatible with their age and disabilities.

The President of the Memorial Club, Mr Bernie Thompson, sought the advice of a group of residents and a Committee (which later became the non-profit Company) was formed to provide accommodation and care for the aged and infirm of the area. The first objective was to build a Hostel for the needy aged residents of the area, which would be funded by public donations, contributions from the R.S.L., Council and Commonwealth subsidy.

Location

Address:Government Road, Bernie Thompson Park, Shoal Bay, 2315
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.720829
Long: 152.172224
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Park
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Community

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 13th August, 1990
Front Inscription

BERNIE THOMPSON PARK

Plaque :

       This Addition To
HARBOURSIDE HAVEN VILLAGE
Was Built On Land Donated By
    The State Government
         And
Named In Honour Of Our Founder 
BERNIE THOMPSON

- Opened By - 
THE HON VIRGINIA CHADWICK, M.L.C.
Minister For Education And Youth Affairs
      - On - 
13th August, 1990

Bill King         Chairman
Arthur Wade  Secretary

Source: MA
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