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Yeppoon cenotaph to get makeover ahead of 100th anniversary

ANZAC SPIRIT: Yeppoon RSL sub branch President Chris Penglase at Yeppoon’s cenotaph which will get a makeover as part of funding for next year’s ANZAC centenary.
ANZAC SPIRIT: Yeppoon RSL sub branch President Chris Penglase at Yeppoon’s cenotaph which will get a makeover as part of funding for next year’s ANZAC centenary. Amy Haydock

CHRIS Penglase has seen Yeppoon's Anzac Day service grow from hundreds to thousands in the last 15 years.

The Yeppoon RSL sub branch president on Friday welcomed the news a state government grant worth $58,000 would assist in enhancing the cenotaph, in time for the 2015 Anzac centenary celebrations.

Plaques, shading and even QR codes to link to online war stories will be implemented into the Anzac Precinct, over four years as part of the project.

Mr Penglase said Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast really embraced the annual event.

"The first dawn service we had in 2000 had 12 people," he recalled yesterday.

"But over the years the community has increased in support and each year it's just got bigger and better.

"But this will really enhance the cenotaph and it's great for the public who come and pay their respect for the people who sacrificed their lives in the war."

The funding is part of the second round of the State Government Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program.

Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig commended the State Government and in particular the efforts of local member Bruce Young for his efforts in assisting to secure the additional funding.

"When combined with Livingstone Shire Council's $80,000 commitment we now have $138,000 available to install memorial and storyboard plaques, additional flagpoles, paving and benches, a commemorative drinking fountain, and major shade structures," Cr Ludwig said.

The development of the project plan was made possible through a collaborative effort between Council and the Yeppoon RSL.

Member for Keppel Bruce Young also presented a petition in support of the submission for funding, which he said received an overwhelming response from the community.

Projects like Yeppoon were among 87 statewide, worth $1.8 million which was announced in the second round of the program.

Cr Ludwig said it was a great bonus for Yeppoon to secure such a significant amount of funding which had to be spread across the state.

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The project will include twenty-nine individual plaques honouring those whose names have not previously appeared on existing memorials, while several storyboard plaques will be dedicated to recounting major 'Theatres of War'.

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