A "hard-working" couple who crossed the world to make Griffith their home will be recognised by a new park, in a gesture organised by their own children and grandchildren.
Taliano Park in Collina's Emerald Estate will be named in honour of the late Giuseppe and Maria Taliano, who moved to Griffith from Italy in 1969.
The couple, who were described by their family as hard-working, generous and loyal, passed away in 2007 and 2019 respectively.
Their grandson Tony Taliano said he hopes the park will ensure they are remembered in Griffith for a long time.
...they knew how to work hard and that's what they did to put a roof over their headsTony Taliano, grandson of Giuseppe and Maria
"We thought it was a nice gesture and something to keep the memory of them alive," Tony Taliano said.
"They came here straight from Italy and were able to make it their home and succeed ... with this we can share some of what our they gave us with the people of Griffith."
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"They did it tough as most migrants did, they were old-school with a big family and very little formal education, but they knew how to work hard and that's what they did to put a roof over their heads."
Griffith City Council approved the naming of the park, which is being built on a lot in the ongoing Emerald Estate development in Collina.
Tony Taliano is also managing the development of the area and said he had high hopes for the what the park could offer to Collina residents.
"We're going to make this one of Griffith's better parks with a few added bits and pieces," he said.
Tony Taliano said the park would have some big slides and "a few other unique features".
"I'd hope the family would come down a fair bit ... a lot of the grandchildren now have children so it would be nice if we could all come down and make a day out of it every now and again."
Work on the area is expected to get underway in Spring, 2021.
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