Plan on track for Centenary of Anzac Project at Emu Park
ALTHOUGH there have been a few setbacks with wet weather and a cyclone on the Capricorn Coast recently, the Emu Park RSL president Phillip Luzzi is confident the first stage of building will be finished come Anzac Day.
Mr Luzzi said the Centenary of Anzac Project on the foreshore was under way and progressing well.
"The walkways are under construction, they've started clearing around the foreshore preparing for the walkway, concrete paths are near completion and the five columns for the memorial are in place," Mr Luzzi said.
"I'm extremely excited for a couple of reasons, I've been involved right from the very beginning and have seen the project come to fruition and the team work has been fantastic.
"And with amalgamation and then de-amalgamation going on at the time when we were planning the project, we thought, 'this is never going to happen'.
"But everyone's been working very hard to assist the council with funding. We can hardly wait."
The precinct will be created to feature integrated streetscaping, rotundas, parkland enhancement, and an interpretive "memorial walkway" around Emu Park's scenic foreshore headland.
Substantial funding from Livingstone Shire Council, Bendigo Bank, the State Government, Homecorp and even local community members are chipping in.
The estimated overall cost of Stage One of the project will be around $1.3 million.
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.
RSL member Barry Vains said they were working with project managers when it came to giving input into the design.
"There are 13 people on the steering committee which includes council members, members of the community charitable organisations to name a few and we meet once a month to keep an eye on how things are going with the design and artwork," Mr Vains said.
Mr Luzzi said more details could be found at emuparkrsl.org.au.
Bendigo Bank details are available for direct deposits if members of the community would like to make a donation.
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.