The second stage of the Emu Park Centenary of ANZAC Commemorative Project will take another step closer to completion with thr official sod turning for the Gatehouse which took place on the 28 January, 2016 at 10 am.
Chair of the Centenary of ANZAC Steering Committee Graham Scott said the Gatehouse will contain interpretive works telling the stories of how the war began and the various campaigns.
“The Steering Committee is incredibly pleased to see the start of work on this great addition to the reflective memorial boardwalk to further enhance the experience for visitors and walkers,” Chairman Scott said.
Artist Bill Gannon said the Gatehouse will help explore the stories of local men and women who were involved in World War 1.
“The Gatehouse will have 26 floor-to-ceiling panels telling the story of the war, from the shores of Gallipoli to the legend of the Anzacs. Besides a timeline of major events it will provide brief portraits of some locals involved in the war.
“With the help of local families and others we have sourced informative photographs, postcards, maps and articles,” Mr Gannon said.
Committee Secretary Barry Vains said it was a fitting tribute to honour the sacrifices of our brave men and women.
“World War 1 was Australia’s most costly conflict in terms of deaths and casualties and it is important to recognize the sacrifices the original ANZACS made for Australia.
“The Memorial Precinct and in particular the Art Work in the Gatehouse will help present and future generations to understand the war’s impact on the life of the Shire and the Central Queensland Region,” Mr Vains said.
Mayor Bill Ludwig praised the hard work of everyone involved in delivering the memorial precinct.
“This Project has already created a historic landmark for our region, and a focal point to honour both the Spirit of ANZAC and all the men and women who have served in the defence of our nation,” Mayor Ludwig said.