Dawning of Anzac precinct
Livingstone Shire Council Mayor Bill Ludwig said the precinct started with one man's vision, but finished with the entire community contributing in a multitude of ways and turning out to celebrate it.
"The late Ross Coulter had a grand vision to establish this Emu Park Centenary of Anzac Commemorative Precinct," Cr Ludwig said.
"Thanks to his vision and the 'hard yards' put in by the Emu Park RSL and Project Steering Committee chaired by deputy mayor Graham Scott, that vision has now become a reality.
"Recognition must also go to all those who assisted with construction from our council engineers to landscape designers Bill Gannon and Nick Aldersen and project manager Noel Gardner.
"The project would also have not been possible without the major funding support from Livingstone Shire Council, state and federal governments, Emu Park and district RSLs, Bendigo Community Bank, Homecorp, Emu Park Lions, Capricorn Sandstone Quarry and the many businesses and individuals who provided significant in-kind support."
With two stages yet to be completed, the precinct already features an interpretive memorial walkway that embraces a spectacular headland overlooking the Keppel Islands, which was a look-out post during the Second World War.
Most importantly, the precinct also recounts, preserves, and honours the history of the region's proud war heritage and those who created it through outstanding service and sacrifice.
Cr Ludwig said Anzac Day events continued yesterday with the official commissioning and dedication of new commemorative plaques, memorials, and shade structures at the Yeppoon Cenotaph in Beaman Park.
"The Yeppoon RSL Sub-branch has to be commended on both the effort and research that has been put into the new memorial components," Cr Ludwig said.
"Council has been very proud to have been able to partner with the Yeppoon RSL to realise this fitting tribute to all our servicemen and women.
"It is also important to acknowledge the support we received from both the State and Federal Government through their respective Centenary of Anzac Grants Programs," Cr Ludwig said.
The new additions to the Cenotaph precinct include memorial plaques for local soldiers not previously recognised and honoured, interpretive plaques of First World War battles, and a replacement drinking fountain in honour of First World War gunner Kelsey Williams, who fought in Gallipoli and France before being killed in action in Belgium in 1917 just short of his 25th birthday.