Totem a fitting memorial for Michael "Mick" Kay

TOTEM: The totem pole dedicated to Michael
TOTEM: The totem pole dedicated to Michael "Mick" Kay in Railway Park Byron Bay. On left is the sculptor Nu and Mick's sister Delta Kay. Christian Morrow

THERE is a new Byron Bay landmark sitting proudly in Railway Park with the unveiling of a totem pole commemorating the life of Michael "Mick" Kay.

His sister, Delta Kay, said it was the perfect place for a memorial to her brother.

"This is the place where Michael felt calm and relaxed," Ms Kay said.

"It was his office - he could keep his eye on everyone who was here.

"He could lay down the law to everyone and make sure they behaved themselves."

The pole was created by Mr Kay's friend, Thai sculptor Nu, who spent 30 days carving and inlaying mother of pearl on the totem.

He counted Mr Kay as a great friend who welcomed Nu to the country.

"I'm very happy to do this as a mark of respect to Mick and his family," Nu said.

"They let me live on their land with no harm, no drama and were so nice, so kind to me.

"They gave me beautiful things and I am happy to give something back."

Ms Kay said it took some time to get the pole placed as it had to be approved by the council.

"Thanks to the council and NPWS for allowing us to prepare and install totem here," she said.

"We are so proud we have this pole symbolising everything about Michael and his love of family and community.

"His daughter Kristina said this totem pole was a fitting symbol of her father.

"It is a place she can bring his grandchildren to share memories of Michael."

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