Future Anzac Day Dawn Services could be a vision in Kingsley

Lake Goollelal is the proposed backdrop for a potential war memorial in Kingsley. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Lake Goollelal is the proposed backdrop for a potential war memorial in Kingsley. Picture: Martin Kennealey

ATTENDING a Dawn Service with the sun rising behind guests and reflecting off Lake Goollelal is the vision of Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob.

“I have long held a view that the City has two war memorials – one at Ocean Reef and one at Joondalup – but nothing which picks up our southern catchment,” Mr Jacob said at a recent council meeting.

“Something alongside the vicinity of Rev John Smithies Park, right near the Luisini Winery site, is perfect. It sits on the banks of Lake Goollelal.

“It has reasonable parking already at Luisini Winery… as well as the capacity to handle visitors for events when they happen.”

The idea for a war memorial was discussed as part of a proposal for a peace and reflection precinct at Kingsley Park and bushland at Lot 971 (52) Creaney Drive.

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During investigations, City officers recommended a section of Rev John Smithies Park at Lot 10973 (26) Lakeway Drive in Kingsley, south of the heritage property Luisini Winery, for the peace and reflection precinct but it was not supported by the proponent.

Councillors voted to continue the project at Kingsley Park and Lot 971 and to investigative the potential for a war memorial near Rev John Smithies Park, with a report to be submitted to the council at a future meeting.

They also noted there were no funds available but supported the chief executive applying for any relevant grants. Cr John Logan said Rev John Smithies Park was “ideal for a war memorial”.

“The ageing people in the southern area of the city are struggling,” he said. “They find it really difficult to come up to Ocean Reef and Central Park among the crowds when it comes to the Anzac and Remembrance Day services.”

He said a war memorial in the southeast part of the City would also attract people from neighbouring suburbs in the City of Wanneroo.

However, Cr Tom McLean said he was “disturbed” by the idea of another war memorial.

“I think we’ve got Central Park and Ocean Reef and we’ve got the Kings Park memorial,” he said.
“To me, remembering loved ones is a private matter.

“My father, my grandfather, my great-grandfather all fought in their relative wars and I think of them constantly.

“I don’t need a memorial to bring that memory back.”

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