THE 600-plus bronze name plaques honouring those from Victoria Park who served in WWI will be finalised within the next month, according to the Victoria Park RSL Sub Branch.
The name plaques will be mounted on a brick memorial to be built at Playfield Reserve in St James by January following the Town of Victoria Park’s approval of a $121,000 tender, enabling the memorial to be ready in time for local Anzac centenary commemorations on April 25, 2015.
Victoria Park RSL secretary/treasurer Jacquie Liddiard said the names of those who would be included on the memorial, as discussed at its recent Commemoration of Centenary ANZAC Committee meeting, would be available once the list was complete, along with details including locations and ages.
‘The names will be ready for the dedication of the WWI Memorial Wall in April and all names that we have researched and verified as eligible under the guidelines as set down by the committee will be included,’ Mrs Liddiard said.
At its October 14 meeting, the Town agreed $150,000 be included in its 2014-15 assets capital works budget for the project but $50,000 is a donation to Victoria Park RSL for the wall, while the sub-branch will enter a legal agreement with the council to pay back the remainder of the wall’s cost.
By last week just over $51,000 had been pledged in public donations to help the RSL build the memorial.
– Donate at www.kilfund-ing.com/projects/adopt-a-digger or www.victorialparkrsl.org.au or call 0432 201 440.