Memorial opens

RSL eastern regional sub branch president Ashley Vince, Federal member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan and Town of Bassendean mayor John Gangell. Picture: Marcus Whisson           d435900
RSL eastern regional sub branch president Ashley Vince, Federal member for Perth Alannah MacTiernan and Town of Bassendean mayor John Gangell. Picture: Marcus Whisson        d435900

The relocated war memorial has been restored to its 1920s design and other additions include a new memorial wall to commemorate other conflicts of war, a reflection pond with light, the Australian flag and a lone pine tree.

As well as these changes, a new Civic Garden has been created with new garden beds, trees and the construction of an �Avenue of Honour� path and lighting to illuminate the reserve.

Mayor John Gangell said he was excited works had been completed in time for the centenary of the Gallipoli landings and encouraged everyone to visit the BIC Reserve on Anzac Day.

�The restored Bassendean War Memorial is provided for residents so that they may have a place to reflect throughout the year on the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women in various conflicts of war and in peace-keeping operations,� he said.

�The intent of this War Memorial and Civic Gardens in the Bassendean Town Centre will create a community hub for cultural, social and recreational activities.

�Being a highly visible and attractive place it will also encourage passers-by to stop and explore, thereby communicating the historical significance of Bassendean to the wider community and enhancing the town centre.�

Commemorative services will be conducted at Saturday April 25 and August 18 for Vietnam Veteran�s day and November 11 for Remembrance Day.

The relocation of the war memorial and introduction of new civic gardens was not without issue, dividing the town for more than four years, including resident Val Dreyer who organised a petition in 2011 with more than 521 residents unhappy with the move.