- All will remember -
The levelling of ground and laying of pavers has been completed around the Taree War Memorial in Fotheringham Park, giving safer access to elderly veterans, people with disabilities and the general public.
It is the most recent stage of a major upgrade of the war remembrance area that began in 1998.
The work, costing about $12,000, was equally funded by the Taree RSL-Sub-Branch, Greater Taree City Council and the Federal Government`s Department of Veteran Affairs, each contributing $4000.
It has been completed in time for the ANZAC Day ceremony at the Memorial Clock, which this year will be held on the newly laid turf near the columns identifying those from the 2430 postcode who were enlisted for war.
Greater Taree mayor Mick Tuck and Member for Lyne Mark Vaile joined with war veterans and members of the Taree RSL Sub-Branch to celebrate the completion of this stage.
Mr Vaile is pleased with the contribution the Federal Government could make towards the ongoing project.
He describes the columns, which include about 1200 names of local war veterans, as a "focal point of remembrance” for the area.
"This project is a fitting tribute to the district`s servicemen and women and I congratulate the Taree RSL Sub-branch for its efforts in acknowledging the veteran community,” he said.
Mayor Tuck is also very proud of what has been achieved. Council provided the physical labour for the project. President of the Taree RSL Sub-Branch Bob Coombes said plans are already underway for the next stage.
This will include installing outdoor seating near the columns so people can sit and enjoy the area, update the list of names on the columns and include decorative pictures depicting certain conflicts in the war on the columns.
There are about 40 names so far that will be added in the upgrade. If you are aware of anyone who was enlisted in the 2430 postcode and sent overseas for service and their name is not already on a column, could you please contact the Sub-Branch.
Mr Coombes has personally thanked Mr Vaile for the contributions of the Federal Government and Greater Taree City Council towards the project.
by Manning River Times
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