Friday, July 26, 2024

Wagga unveils newest Walk of Honour plaque

A plaque for Wagga Wagga’s 2024 Walk of Honour recipient, Peter Cox, was officially unveiled in the city’s Baylis Street precinct today.

The Walk of Honour was established in 1998 and recognises individuals who have made significant contributions to the community of Wagga Wagga.

Deputy Mayor, Amelia Parkins says she was pleased to see the late Peter Cox become the 41st inductee.

“Peter was a dedicated and passionate leader whose life’s work focused on developing our community’s creative, intellectual and artistic life,” Cr Parkins said.

“Peter stands as an exemplary figure within our community, embodying the spirit of inspiration, generosity and selfless dedication that spanned many decades.”

Mr Cox was named as the 41st Walk of Honour inductee during Wagga Wagga’s Australia Day Awards ceremony in January. His plaque is displayed near the Wollundry Lagoon bridge and Civic Centre forecourt.

Peter Cox was widely respected as a teacher, actor, writer, director, producer and mentor within the local community. His career contributed largely to the local arts scene, and the nurturing of countless creative minds, Council said in a statement.

Notable achievements from Peter’s work include his involvement in feature films Backyard Ashes and The Merger, both of which turned the spotlight towards the local community and have been celebrated across international audiences.

He directed and produced a long list of musical tributes, stage productions, and interactive performances in Wagga Wagga, and fostered the education and upskilling of young emerging artists through his teaching career spanning 40 years, a majority of which took place at Kooringal High School.

“Peter’s enduring legacy lives on through the countless students, artists, musicians and crew he influenced,” Cr Parkins said.

“He taught us to care deeply for each other and our community, to nurture and care for the creativity that lives within all of us and to live our lives to the fullest.

“It is therefore very fitting that we acknowledge this incredible individual through a Walk of Honour placement here in Wagga Wagga.”

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