Work on sound shell gets going

Tari JeffersManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Doris Donovan was a guest of honour last week at the turning of the sod for the Sound Shell named after her late daughter Sandra.
Camera IconDoris Donovan was a guest of honour last week at the turning of the sod for the Sound Shell named after her late daughter Sandra. Credit: Tari Jeffers

The highly-anticipated Sandra Donovan Sound Shell hit a new milestone last week at the official launch of the construction phase of the project.

The Sound Shell is named after Sandra Donovan who died in 2011 aged 46 and was celebrated for her involvement in the local music scene, which included singing groups, dances, repertory club performances and school events.

Sandra’s mother Doris Donovan, her sister Maureen Gravett and her fiance John Palermo were guests of honour at the launch and Mrs Donovan had the honour of officially turning the sod at the Manjimup Timber Park.

“We’re very happy this is going ahead, people have done a lot of work in making this happen,” Mrs Donovan said.

“I’m sure Sandra would have loved this, if she was here today, she’d be helping out.

“We appreciate this being done in her name.”

Manjimup Shire Council deputy president Dean Bavich described the sound shell as an “exceptional facility” that would provide a multi-functional, robust and accessible performance venue for Manjimup.

“Sandra touched many lives in her short life through her music, teaching, performance arts and community spirit,” he said.

Mr Bavich added his congratulations to everyone involved in the project.

The Sandra Donovan Sound Shell is expected to be completed early next year.

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