Sod turning marks start of Kingsley Peace Precinct

Joondalup councillor John Chester, Kingsley and Greenwood Residents Association president Sonia Makoare, Rita Cooper, Cr John Logan, Mayor Albert Jacob, Greenwood resident Mary Reading and Colin Heap from Kingsley-Woodvale Lions Club. Picture: Martin Kennealey d487549
Joondalup councillor John Chester, Kingsley and Greenwood Residents Association president Sonia Makoare, Rita Cooper, Cr John Logan, Mayor Albert Jacob, Greenwood resident Mary Reading and Colin Heap from Kingsley-Woodvale Lions Club. Picture: Martin Kennealey d487549

A VISION to create a place for quiet reflection among bushland in Kingsley took a step forward today with an official sod turning ceremony.

Two years ago, the City of Joondalup received a proposal from the late Brian Cooper requesting part of Lot 971 (52) Creaney Drive be used as a commemorative peace precinct.

Earlier this year, the council approved listing $15,000 in the draft 2018-19 capital works program for the design, construction and installation of plinths to form the precinct.

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Representing her husband, Rita Cooper was joined on site this afternoon by Joondalup Mayor Albert Jacob and councillors John Chester and John Logan, Colin Heap from Kingsley-Woodvale Lions Club and Kingsley and Greenwood Residents Association president Sonia Makoare to mark the milestone.

Once work is complete, the precinct will comprise four plinths with commemorative plaques and three benches.

The plaques will be dedicated to all volunteers who have given selfless service to the betterment of their fellow Australians, all service personnel and animals in recognition of the sacrifices they made for their country and to those who supported them through war and conflict, civilians who lost their lives or were injured in natural and man-made disasters, and the remembrance of family, friends and pets, past and present.

Picture: Martin Kennealey

Mr Jacob said it was fantastic to see Mr Cooper’s vision “finally come to fruition”.

“The Kingsley Peace Precinct will offer the residents of Kingsley and surrounding suburbs a place of tranquillity to enjoy on the edge of Kingsley Park,” he said.

He said it would also become a more accessible alternative venue for older residents living in the southern part of the City who wanted to pay their respects on Anzac Day and Remembrance Day without having to travel to the City’s services in Ocean Reef and Joondalup.

Work is expected to be completed by November 11 for the centenary of Armistice Day.

Funding for the project includes donations from the Kingsley-Woodvale Lions Club and Australian Lions Foundation.

A grant has also been applied for from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.