Walk about 50 metres along the sand dunes to the west of the New Brighton Surf Lifesaving Club and you will find a bench seat made from weathered chunky wood. Sit down. Take a look at the view. Ice plants and marram grass tie the dunes together, the pier is to the east and waves hit the shore at a gently mesmeric pace.
This is the view from Nerida Verrall's seat. Her family dedicated it to her in November last year, on the second anniversary of her death. Even on a grey day, New Brighton beach is calming, a quality Verrall craved. She died in 2013 after complications during surgery. She was 36, artistic, stubborn, and she longed for peace of mind.