Mandurah war memorial restored after spate of vandalism


Mandurah-Murray Vietnam Vets president Neil Henry, Mayor Marina Vergone, Mandurah RSL president Dave Mabbs, Nicholas Reynolds from Mandurah Community Museum and Mandurah-Murray Vets member Fred Abbott.
Mandurah-Murray Vietnam Vets president Neil Henry, Mayor Marina Vergone, Mandurah RSL president Dave Mabbs, Nicholas Reynolds from Mandurah Community Museum and Mandurah-Murray Vets member Fred Abbott.

MANDURAH’S war memorial has been restored to its former glory after a spate of vandalism across Mandurah’s parks and reserves last year.

The final component of the memorial repair works was completed in time for the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan commemoration.

The site had suffered significant damage and theft. Repairs included replacing the memorial, artistic plaques and individual lettering with a ‘ribbon’ plaque that is more resilient to vandalism.

The City of Mandurah has also added Battle of Long Tan stories to the interactive audio seat at the memorial.

The soundtrack enables the public to learn about the significance of the war memorial and listen to local Anzac stories.

The audio tracks use service records from the National Archives and oral history recordings from the Mandurah Community Museum.

Mayor Marina Vergone said the memorial was an iconic centrepiece for the western foreshore and provided a place of reflection for those who had sacrificed so much.

The works were completed in conjunction with the Mandurah RSL and Mandurah/|Murray Vietnam Veterans Group.