Tractor memorial honours Delungra boy lost to brain cancer

A project 17 months in the making, a bright red tractor unveiled at Warialda Preschool on Saturday will help keep the memory of Logan Taylor alive. 

The vibrant Delungra four-year old lost his battle with brain cancer in September 2017, just three months before his fifth birthday. 

A former student of Warialda Preschool, Logan left a deep impact on the educators, committee and families. 

The memorial was a labour of love, built largely by volunteers with donated items, to create a unique and deeply personal way for staff and students to remember the youngster. 

"It is our hope that all children who attend our preschool will be able to remember Logan, his love of farm life and his family and ultimately, honour his life by being happy and healthy," Warialda Preschool director Sara Turner said. 

"For us this memorial is a great symbol of Logan's love for the farm, farming life and his time at the preschool," Logan's mother Sarah Taylor said.

"He would have loved it, and I've no doubt he would have spent many hours playing on it. We were truly blessed to have him in our lives, and it is with great pride and joy that we are able to open this memorial in honour of him."

Around 30 people came along to see the final piece unveiled.

"The Taylor family were overwhelmed and extremely proud. They knew the tractor was happening but hadn't seen it all together and they couldn't believe how well it turned out," Sara said. She said committee members were proud of how the tractor turned out and staff were honoured to have the memorial at the preschool. 

"This tractor has definitely been a community effort and Logan would have been so excited to play on it as I know children will be next week," Sara said on Saturday.

"Thank you to the committee members and staff over the past two years that have helped this dream come to life. We are so honoured to be able to remember Logan in this way for now and into the future."

Throughout the family's journey, the community held several fundraisers and tributes for Logan, his family and various brain cancer charities.

Sara thanked the many people involved in the project. The Horwood family at Rural Wreckers kickstarted the memorial by donating a tractor body, while Angela and Scott Stewart helped move the tractor to the preschool. 

Ken Bell donated tyres to give a more realistic touch, and handyman Brendan Turner added the tyres to the body and put on the finishing touches. Brendan and his father Shane Turner also worked to make the tractor safe for children to play and climb on. 

Natural mulch soft fall was also donated by the Gwydir Shire Council.