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Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs

Councillor Peter Flannery
Moreton Bay Regional Council (Division 2)


Wyatt Roy MP
Federal Member for Longman

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

BREAKTHROUGH WAR MEMORIAL UNVEILED FOR BURPENGARY

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Senator Michael Ronaldson today unveiled the blueprint for a landmark war memorial at Burpengary, with construction due to start next month.

Accompanied by Moreton Bay Regional councillor (Division 2) Peter Flannery and Longman MP Wyatt Roy, Senator Ronaldson said the cenotaph – to be jointly funded by the council and the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program – was reverent and innovative.

The circular design features an eye-catching wall of graduating pre-cast panels, a glass plate allowing the sun to penetrate to a central plinth and “battle lines” forming a chronology of key Australian military campaigns.

“Burpengary and Narangba have never been serviced by their own local war memorial – the nearest is 7km away at Deception Bay,” Senator Ronaldson said.

“It is fitting that these communities will now be able to gather at this inspiring memorial on April 25 next year to mark 100 years since our tenacious and brave Anzacs landed at Gallipoli.

“The Centenary of Anzac will be the most significant period of commemoration in our nation’s history and the government is committed to providing opportunities for all Australians to participate.”

Moreton Bay Regional Council successfully applied for $79,000 from the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program. Council will fund the balance of the project with tenders currently being called.

The grants program provides each federal MP with up to $125,000 to support community-based commemoration of the First World War. Mr Roy set up a Longman Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program committee to assess applications.

The group included state MP for Morayfield Darren Grimwade, Moreton Bay Regional councillors Peter Flannery and Greg Chippendale and past Caboolture-Morayfield and District RSL sub-branch president Bruce Miller.

“The Buchanan Park memorial is a great example of federal, state and local authorities working together with the community to deliver a meaningful project,” Mr Roy said.

“Appropriately, it will be co-located across the road from Remembrance House, the Queensland headquarters of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia.

“Construction is expected to start mid-November and will encompass a totem pole representing the Gallipoli campaign.”

Councillor Flannery said the memorial would unite the community in honouring the contribution and legacy of Australian servicemen and women.

“As we approach the centenary of the Anzac landing, it’s more important than ever that we continue to remember and reflect on the selfless efforts and service of those individuals who have worn our nation’s uniform,” Cr Flannery said.

“For the past 18 months this has been a project very close to my heart, being a former serviceman.

“It’s been a pleasure working with the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia (Qld) on aspects of this memorial.

“I thank Minister Ronaldson, Wyatt Roy and the federal government for contributing funding through its Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program to help council make this special place a reality.”

Mr Roy’s committee has secured two other Anzac Centenary grants, including $20,000 for a Caboolture Town Square monument listing the names of 27 local First World War personnel killed in action.

The 11th Light Horse Caboolture Troop & Military Museum Association was granted $3750 to establish a memorial honouring animals which have served in war.

Media contacts:
Jordi Procel (Minister Ronaldson) 0448 232 908
Matt Fynes-Clinton (Mr Roy) 0421 059 438

 

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