Parents Amanda and Michael Christensen unveil one of the signs at the Nielsen Park entrance to the nature boardwalk.
Parents Amanda and Michael Christensen unveil one of the signs at the Nielsen Park entrance to the nature boardwalk. Alistair Brightman

Cooper to live on through new boardwalk

THE loving memory of six-year-old Cooper Christensen, who passed away from a rare brain tumour earlier this year, will live on through the new Torquay boardwalk.

Surrounded by friends and family, Cooper's parents Amanda and Michael Christensen held a ceremony yesterday to officially open 'Cooper's Walk', which runs for 300m from Neilsen's Park to Aquaview.

Mrs Christensen said that particular stretch of the Esplanade was one of her son's favourite places.

"He couldn't play like most children because of his brain tumour; it affected his balance and mobility so we used to frequent the beach often," Mrs Christensen said.

"We used to sit on the blanket in the park and eat fish & chips; he loved eating at the beach."

On Christmas day, it will be exactly five months since Cooper lost his battle with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a form of brain cancer that has no cure.

His mother said the pain of losing Cooper never subsided, but through the new memorial his legacy would live on.

The project was funded and facilitated by the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the Torquay Progress Association.



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