Oatlands family denied memorial againThe planned garden. Picture: Newgate Communications

The heartbroken families of the four young children killed in the horrific Oatlands car crash last year have again been denied a permit to build a memorial at the place they died.

The Abdallah children, Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 8, and their cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, were brutally run down and killed by a drunk driver on the outskirts of Oatlands Golf Club, in Sydney’s northwest, last year.

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But the families’ plans to build a spot to honour and remember their four children has been dashed again by the board of the Oatlands Golf Club.

A statement from the families today asked the board to reconsider its refusal of the commemorative garden.

“We love our children dearly and we will always grieve the loss of our beautiful kids,” the families said.

“Our proposed commemorative garden simply honours our children, Antony, Angelina, Sienna and Veronique and our survivors Liana, Charbel and Mabelle.

“We respectfully ask the board to reconsider its decision so that our children can be honoured and the community can have a place to remember the Oatlands tragedy, which had such an impact on our nation.”

The planned garden, designed in conjunction with Parramatta City Council, has now been dismissed twice by the golf club board.

The board’s latest decision was on the grounds the garden would “unduly remind neighbours of the tragedy”, TheDaily Telegraph reported.

Oatlands Golf Club general manager Sam Howe emailed members in March, claiming the council’s designs were “well outside the scale of what had been communicated as appropriate”.

“The board and management recognise the terrible tragedy caused by this accident, while at the same time recognising our responsibility to the club and its members,” Mr Howe said.

The planned memorial would only slightly encroach on a bushy area of the golf course.

Local MPs are also throwing their support behind the memorial, with their constituents pushing for a decision.

“I think you need to use your influence, Geoff Lee, to advise the board at the Oatlands Golf Club that refusing a memorial seat for the four children that died in the car accident is offensive, cruel, heartless and not community minded in anyway,” one of Mr Lee’s constituents wrote.


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