Bertie Randorf stands with the Origin Alliance workman he visited each day as the Ipswich Motorway was constructed.
Bertie Randorf stands with the Origin Alliance workman he visited each day as the Ipswich Motorway was constructed. Contributed

Motorway gang build garden

OVER the four years of the Ipswich Motorway project, Bertie Randolf was a constant around Origin Alliance workmen stationed at Dinmore.

As the project progressed, so did the bond between the 83-year-old Dinmore resident and the Origin Alliance staff.

As sure as the sun will rise, Mr Randolf would visit the workers three times a day, at 7am, noon and 5pm.

Last week the workmen finished up their work on the project, and left a special thanks for their mate.

They renamed the road reserve on New Chum Rd the Bertie Randorf Garden, leaving Mr Randolf a lasting tribute.

The garden includes a park bench, freshly laid turf and garden beds.

It left Mr Randolf with a feeling of gratitude towards his friends.

"I love it. I couldn't be more pleased. I come down here a lot. I get my paper in the morning and pick up rubbish. I walk up to the school to keep the area tidy," he said.

Every morning he can be found sitting by the side of Brisbane Rd, enjoying the fresh air while reading a newspaper.

He traded friendly jibes with the workmen during his visits.

"We just used to talk about work and I got into them sitting down and not doing anything."

Origin Alliance's plans for the garden were a poorly kept secret

"They tried to but it leaked out a little bit. I knew it was coming."

He takes it upon himself to keep the garden and the surrounding areas free of litter.

"I take two bins and fill them up. I keep the street clean and clean all along the footpath and then walk over to the station. That's my day's work."

Bundamba MP Jo-Ann Miller said Mr Randolf had become an unofficial community foreman during the project.



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