The City of Bayswater has granted a unique request to install a wind telephone at Claughton Reserve in Bayswater.
Merle Taylor requested Council consider her idea not only to commemorate her son, Chris, but to offer a quiet place to support others who may be grieving the loss of a loved one.
Mayor Filomena Piffaretti said installing the wind telephone was a great outcome for Merle and for all community members who may like to use the phone.
“I was so pleased Council supported Merle’s idea of installing a wind telephone at Claughton Reserve,” she said.
“I can’t imagine what it would feel like to lose a child, and I can see how this could help people deal with the grief of losing someone they love.”
Believed to have originated in Japan, wind telephones offer a way for people to speak to loved ones who are no longer with them.
The City approved installation of the wind telephone at its February Council Meeting and consulted with local Indigenous Elders regarding the location.
Installation took place at Claughton Reserve, a favourite spot for Chris and his family.
Pictured: City of Bayswater Councillors Sally Palmer and Dan Bull with Bayswater resident Merle Taylor with the wind telephone at Claughton Reserve, Maylands.