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Emu Park’s beach front to feature historic landmark

Map showing the route of the Centenary of ANZAC boardwalk at Emu Park.
Map showing the route of the Centenary of ANZAC boardwalk at Emu Park.

EMU Park's beach front will become even more extraordinary when a historic landmark for the region will be created to honour the Spirit of ANZAC.

The estimated overall cost of Stage One of the project will be about $1.2 million with $875,000 in funding already secured.

Member for Keppel Bruce Young was able to contribute $250,000 from the state government, Homecorp put forward $100,000 and Emu Park's Bendigo Bank donated $150,000 to the project.

As part of the Centenary of Anzac Celebrations in 2015, Livingstone Shire Council in partnership with the State Government, Emu Park RSL Club, Bendigo Community Bank, and Home Corp Pty Ltd announced the launch of the Emu Park Centenary of Anzac Project.

An ANZAC Commemoration Precinct will be created to feature integrated street-scaping, rotundas, parkland enhancement, and an interpretive 'memorial walkway' around Emu Park's scenic foreshore headland.

The interpretive walkway will also provide a strategic link connecting the Town Centre and Bell Park with the iconic Singing Ship Monument, RSL Cenotaph, and Surf Lifesaving Club.

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig acknowledged visionary artist Ross Coulter and all of those involved with the project.

"When I looked at today I said what a perfect day, and it would be even more perfect if Ross was here to see his vision coming to fruition," Cr Ludwig said.

"This all about our service men and women and honouring their memory. What we've come up with we believe is going to be a sensational regional project which started with Ross' vision.

"Everybody has embraced it; it's an absolutely fabulous vision. We've estimated that hopefully we can deliver it all up for about $2.5million."

Parts of the shoreline have already begun being cleared, with bigger construction to start within the next two weeks.

COMMUNITY BENEFITS

The interpretive memorial walk will give Emu Park RSL members the opportunity to host tours for school groups in our region, further educating students and providing them with a deeper insight into this important and colourful facet of our history.

Through a consultative process with our local RSL members, and research from historians, the precinct will recount, preserve, and honour the history of our proud war heritage and those who created it.

Topics:  anzac




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