Beerburrum Retirement Community to build ADF Memorial following Federal Grant
Twin Cedars Retirement Community in Beerburrum will build a memorial to the fallen and returned service men and women of the Australian Defence Force following a grant from the Federal Government under the Saluting Their Service Commemorations program. The memorial will form a focal point for annual remembrance ceremonies to be held at the community on ANZAC Day and Armistice Day.
Federal Member for Fisher Andrew Wallace said that this project was a great example of how much could be achieved by a local community with only a modest helping hand from Government.
“With a grant of just $3,560, the Twin Cedars Home Owners Committee are going to create a moving new memorial here on the Sunshine Coast and help promote an on-going appreciation of the role that service personnel have played in shaping Australia as we know it today.” Mr Wallace said.
The Memorial will include a semi-circle of sandstone featuring wooden plaques representing the Army, Navy and Air Force. It will be accompanied by a flag pole flying the Australian National Flag daily.
“It is through volunteer projects like this that the memory of our dedicated and courageous ADF personnel will live on in our local communities and I am delighted that the Government has been able to support this initiative from some passionate Beerburrum locals.” he said.
Twin Cedars is an over 50’s residential park containing about 120 residents at any one time, including at present six former members of the ADF.
Twin Cedars Home Owners Committee Chairperson John Pozzey said that Twin Cedars’ residents easily identify with sacrifice and military service, with many vividly remembering the 20th century’s major conflicts.
“This new memorial is terrific news for our community, our residents and their families. It is great for the village and I know that many of our residents are very excited.” My Pozzey said.
“Many people who live here are keen gardeners and they are looking forward to taking on responsibility for the establishment and care of the flowers that are going to bring life and colour to this new memorial.” He said.
The Home Owners Committee intend to complete the memorial in time for ANZAC Day 2020.
Other projects funded around the country include honour rolls, improvements to already existing memorials including lighting and access, exhibitions and photographic displays. Applications for grants under this program can be still submitted until 31 March 2020 on the Saluting Their Service Commemoration Program page on the Community Grants Hub.
For support in submitting an application visit the Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program page on the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website.