Memorial gets a $10,000 spruce up
Friday, 10th December, 2010
The war memorial at the West Football Club is about to be redeveloped.
The See Memorial Park was the first war memorial opened in the city, and 38 palm trees were planted in honour of the 38 men who died in World War I.
Only 29 of those trees are still alive and are surrounded by grass and dirt. Now $10,000 from the Community War Memorials fund will be used to improve the condition of the park and convert it into a "low maintenance" area.
It will be surrounded by paths and native shrubs, and plaques will be fixed to the trees in memory of each fallen soldier.
The lawn will be killed off and the ground covered in bark chips. The West Football Club president, Wincen Cuy, said he hoped to have the project completed over the coming months in time for Anzac Day or Remembrance Day.
"We're hoping to make an atmosphere that we could even hold some of the ceremonies there," said Mr Cuy, who is also the city's mayor.
The total cost of the project is $18,000. Mr Cuy said Council had given the club $3,000 to add to the money from the War Memorials fund.
He said he was also waiting on two other grant applications to come through to help round out the money. "It'll give West Football Club a greater appearance from the outside," he said.
The nine missing trees will be replanted by some of the fallen soldiers' family members on Anzac Day. President of the local branch of the RSL, John Bacich, said he welcomed the plans.
"If it's set up to be a War Memorial, people will come and have a look and reflect," Mr Bacich said. Project manager David Bearman said the WarMemorial had never been registered on the national war memorial registry.
He said the low maintenance garden would be ideal for it. "Just trying to keep the thing looking nice is very hard," Mr Bearman said.
He also said the path would allow people to walk up to each tree, and that the park's chess table would be kept in the park.