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Emu Park Centenary of ANZAC Commemorative Project


Posted: 27th April 2015

Written by: Livingstone Shire Council



What

This project will establish an ANZAC Memorial Walk of national significance which will form part of an overall ANZAC Commemorative Precinct which is proposed to be developed over the centenary years of WW I (2014 to 2018).

The precinct will recount, preserve and honour the history of our war heritage, and those who created it through service and sacrifice, providing a lasting legacy.

The works proposed include a reflective memorial boardwalk dedicated to the memory of the original ANZAC's who fought and died in WW I. The reflective memorial boardwalk and its gateway gallery entry will be the focal point to ‘The Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk’. The walkway is intended as an emotional reflective experience and provide a timeline of WW1’s many major battles of war. The gateway and orientation gallery will contain interpretive works telling the stories of how the war began, the story of Gallipoli, the legend of ANZAC, the details of the Gallipoli campaign, the Somme, Fromelle, the Lone Pine battle and many more of these extraordinary campaigns.

Stage One of the project is programmed to see the construction of the Memorial Walk ( a boardwalk approximately 175 metres long) ending with a Viewing Deck below the Singing Ship, the entry Memorial Gateway and Orientation Gallery which incorporates artwork telling the WW I story and a Foreshore Path connecting to the Memorial Court Precinct at the end of Emu Street.  The Memorial Court Precinct will initially contain a pictorial screen incorporating artwork by local artists, a grassed mound and landscaping including Gallipoli Pines and be progressively developed in the subsequent centenary years with further memorial architecture works, seating, blade walls, an entry court and paved memorial court. Initially the Memorial Court will be profiled, levelled and grassed to delineate a defined commemorative court area that will be centred on Emu Street opposite the Emu Park RSL.

Why

In August 2011, long standing member of the RSL Sub-Branch and resident of Emu Park, Ross Coulter, designed an inspiring concept plan for the proposed Centenary of ANZAC Project. The location was

the Emu Park headland foreshore in the vicinity of the RSL Memorial Hall and The Singing Ship monument. The Emu Park Sub Branch and Regional Council endorsed and adopted the plan as a major Centenary of ANZAC Commemorative Project. A steering committee was formed with community members from organisations including Emu Park RSL, Bendigo Bank, Emu Park Lions, Capricorn Enterprise (Regional Development Chairman Graham Scott), and Local and State Government representatives (Mayor Bill Ludwig, Cr Tom Wyatt and Bruce Young MP).

The project has united the passions and captured the imagination of the wider community, with services clubs, business and development groups and individuals partnering under the co-ordination of Livingstone Shire Council to realise the vision of this ambitious $1.8 million civic commemorative project to be developed over the four centenary years of WW I.

Who

Livingstone Shire Council in conjunction with project partners: Emu Park RSL, Bendigo Bank, Home Corp Property Group, Lions International and Capricorn Enterprise.

Where

The reflective ‘memorial walkway’ will wind its way around Emu Park’s scenic foreshore headland from the RSL building to the Singing Ship headland and eventually downtowards Fisherman’s Beach.

When

25 April 2015 - Stage 1 of is expected to be launched

Other Benefits:

* Honouring our Heroes: lasting memorial to their enduring legacy

* Educational tool and focal point for remembering those who served their country

* Tourism drawcard

* Builds on the Emu Park Town Centre redevelopment and beautification 'master plan'

* Will integrate the Town Centre with the iconic foreshore

* Provides a strategic link connecting the Town Centre and Bell Park with the iconic Singing Ship Monument, RSL Cenotaph, and Surf Lifesaving ClubHow

 

Council has secured State Funding to contribute to this project. Further funding is still being sought and the project will be delivered in stages over the four centenary years of WW I, as funds become available. Council will carry out the works and engage suppliers for professional and technical support as required.

Livingstone Shire Council - Confirmed Funding $300,000,000
Queensland Government - Confirmed Funding $250,000,000
Private Project Partners and Community Partners - Confirmed Funding $330,000,000

 

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