Koondoola Peace Park and Vietnam War tribute proposal approved by City of Wanneroo

Mehdi Rasulle’s design for the Koondoola Peace Park features Australian and Vietnamese soldiers, a Long Tan Cross and lotus flower.
Mehdi Rasulle’s design for the Koondoola Peace Park features Australian and Vietnamese soldiers, a Long Tan Cross and lotus flower.

A ‘PEACE park’ to commemorate those involved in the Vietnam War is due to be installed in Koondoola Park by next April.

The Wanneroo council recently endorsed a concept plan for the $198,020 Koondoola Peace Park proposal, which will feature a central artwork by Quinns Rocks sculptor Mehdi Rasulle and paved area.

In his proposal, Rasulle said the sculpture would have two tall panels – one of steel that represents Australia and the other in aluminium representing Vietnam.

“These are offset to create an evolving artwork as you walk around it,” he said.

“There are two cut-outs of soldiers adjacent to each other as well as a cut-out showing a shape representing the Long Tan cross.

“There is a lotus flower on the top of the sculpture, which represents Vietnam and also symbolises that something good and beautiful can come out of the dissolution of war.”

According to the November 14 council report, the concept aimed to create a space for reflection and commemoration for people who had done military service and their family members, particularly during the Vietnam War.

It said the project working group included representation from the Vietnamese Association of WA and Wanneroo RSL.

Councillor Domenic Zappa, who put forward the original motion for a peace park in 2016, said it would be a special place for service men and women who fought in the Vietnamese conflict.

“Many members of our community will find this a very special place to sit and reflect,” Mayor Tracey Roberts said.

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