Ocean Reef RSL will get a new war memorial before the Anzac Centenary


OCEAN Reef RSL will get a striking war memorial before next Anzac Day to replace its current limestone rock.

Sub-branch president Rick Green said it had received a grant of $86,000 from the Federal Government and another $14,000 from Lotterywest for a new memorial.

Designed by Smith Sculptors Charlie Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith, Mr Green said the memorial would be installed at Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club in time for the Anzac Centenary next April.

He said it would include an arch 12m wide and 6m high, with words on the steel frame and images from various wars on digi-glass.

The sculptors, who have created public monuments around WA, including the Joondalup Anzac Memorial, propose solemn memorial design principles.

‘The overall layout is based on the passage of light being drawn through a portal entrance, along a ceremonial east-west pathway into a circle composed of 100 elements, commemorating the 100 years of Anzac tradition and service, towards the setting sun,’ their design brief said.

‘Thus the ‘Ode’ will express the entire memorial: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them’.

‘The setting sun is framed by an arch or portal carrying further symbolic images and lettering. At the centre is the ‘sacred heart’ of the memorial ” the altar.

‘This inner space will be suitable for both formal ceremonies and smaller-scale commemoration.

‘It will also be a place of quiet reflection on personal experiences and the significance of the Anzac sacrifice.’

Their design includes 100 stainless-steel elements with solar-powered lights.

See Anzac centenary service, page 10