Meeting 03rd March 2015

CENTENARY OF ANZAC PROJECT

MINUTES OF  STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING

TUESDAY 3 MARCH 2015 AT 5.05PM

PRESENT:

Graham Scott(Deputy Mayor Livingstone Council) – Chairman(GS)

Phil Luzzi(Bendigo Bank and Emu Park RSL) – (PL)

Tom Wyatt(Councillor Livingstone Council) – (TW)

Jack Parr(Emu Park RSL) – (JP)

Denis Ratcliffe(Emu Park Lions Club) – (DR)

Barry Vains(Emu Park RSL) – Secretary(BV)

APOLOGIES:

Bob Blair(Indigenous Australian Representative) – (BB)

Bill Ludwig(Mayor of Livingstone Council) – (BL)

Colleen Williams(Emu Park Bendigo Bank) – (CW)

Greg Thomasson(Emu Park Bendigo Bank) – (GT)

Michelle Landry(Federal Member for Capricornia)

Brittany Lauga(State Member for Keppel)

Noel Brady(Emu Park RSL)

IN ATTENDANCE

Glenda Mather(Councillor Livingstone Council)

Kath Coulter

Mark Edmistone(Emu Park RSL)

Phil McKone(Manager Planning & Design Livingstone Council)

Bill Gannon(Project Contractor)

Noel Gardner(NGGA Civil Engineers – Project Manager)

Scott Nicholas(NGGA Civil Engineers – Project Manager)

STEERING COMMITTEE

It was noted that Bruce Young has indicated that he would be stepping down from the committee as he felt that it was not appropriate for him to remain on the committee given that he lost the State Seat of Keppel at the recent election

MINUTES

16 January 2015

The minutes of meeting held on Friday16 January 2015were tabled and it was agreed that the minutes were a true record of the meeting.

MEETING BUSINESS.

Stage 1 of Project Progress

Project Manager’s Report

A written report by Noel Gardneron the status of works to date was tabled and the main points advised and outlinedwere as follows:

Concrete Works

  • Works are anticipated to be completed including the sandstone installation this week, with some tidy up work next week.

Landscaping

  • Landscaping is at quotation now with work to start/follow during the week commencing 16 March.

Flagpoles

  • The two flagpoles are now installed.

The Boardwalk

  • Posts are installed at the northern end.
  • Drilling will start on the southern end next week.
  • Works have been delayed as machinery is hard to get at the present time.
  • A second crew arrives next week to assist and try and make up some of the time lost.

Electrical Design

  • Quotations went out today for the cabling, lights and switchboard.

The boardwalkcontractor advised that the completion timeline is tightdue to the lost time but they are making every endeavour to meet the opening date.

Project Consultants Report

Bill Gannon reported as follows:

ANZAC Landing Class Artwork

  • Noel Brady in consultation with David Rowland(English artist), RSL members, and others helped to resolve the glass work embedded image.
  • The image will be an extract of the original work, “The Spirit – Gallipoli Landing 1915”, and will be on the seaward side of the path around the observation mound.
  • The end image has required detailed digital refinements by local graphic designer, Michelle Black, and is now being finalised.

Bill provided details on the location, size, materials, lighting base and side supports, information plaque, price, and timing.

It was agreed that the Emu Park RSL would attend to the payment of 2,000 English pounds to David Rowland for the use of his painting image.

It was also generally agreed that the costs for all works associated with the “The Spirit – Gallipoli Landing 1915” artwork and its structure would be invoiced to the Emu Park Lions so that it was clear that the Lions Club’s additional $25,000 donation was directly paying for this artwork. The estimated overall cost of this work was envisaged to be $25,000.

A small working group (Bill G, Phil, Barry, Graham, NG ) would meet to resolve the costs for the Pictorial screen over and above the $50k item in the project budget.

Bill Gannonfurther reported as follows:

Memorial Court – Pictorial Screen

  • The 15.6metre wide semi-circular backdrop will comprise a metal support structure, with a cor-ten steel back screen(dark red/brown colour metal that is very durable) and front figures(in dulled galvanised steel).
  • The figures will be in slight relief, thus sun and night light shadow will further define the lightly abstracted figures.
  • The image is based on the walking figures in the AWM held photograph “ Troops of the 1st Australian Division Walking Towards the Front Line near Hooge, Belgium, 5 October 1917”

Bill further reports as follows:

Information Panels

  • History
  • Three outdoor panels based on Jack Parr’s ANZAC and Gallipoli designed panels(written and visual information) and his request are to be prepared by graphic designer.
  • Acknowledgements of Key Donors.

It was felt that this acknowledgement would be undertaken in the next stage of the project.

  • Next Project Stages
  • This panel is to provide a plan summarizing the next stages of the project.
  • It would have notions and indicative images of say the Stage 2 Gallery and Boardwalk extension.
  • The Information Panels would be placed near the entry to the boardwalk and the proposed gallery.

Bill further advised as follows:

 

Signage

  • Simple signage with coordinated font would be established.
  • At this stage titles like “ANZAC Court” and “Memorial Walk” have been suggested.
  • Further discussion is needed.

The committee agreed with “ANZAC Court” name for the memorial court area.

Council Report

Chairman reported as follows:

  • There is no change in the Council’s support for the project.
  • There may be opportunities for future funding for the project given the recent damage Cyclone Marcia inflicted on the Capricorn Coastal area.
  • The Council will be putting a case to both the Federal and State governments for a declaration of a category D disaster.
  • If this accepted, then the Council intends to nominate the Yeppoon and Emu Park foreshores projects and use the projects as a driver to Cyclone Marcia recovery.
  • Funding may then be available for road works, streetscaping in the project.

Funding Progress

State Government

The Chairman advised that:

  • On 12 February last, the Mayor and Emu Park RSL members, PL and BV, met with the new State Member for Keppel, Brittany Lauga, and briefed her on the project.
  • Brittany was very impressed with the project.
  • Brittany has secured $250,000 funding for the beautification of the Emu Park foreshore near the Lifesaving Club and it may be possible to direct some of these funds to the project.

Approaches to the Federal Member for Capricornia

The Chairman advised that matter is ongoing with the local Federal Member, Michelle Landry.

Approaches to Corporate Businesses

The Chairman reported that:

  • There has already been offers of donations from corporate businesses after the cyclone.
  • His view is that he would like to see these monies go into permanent infrastructure.

Ergon Energy

Matter has not progressed at this stage.

Emu Park RSL Sub-Branch

The Secretary reported that the Sub-Branch’s fundraising activities is ongoing and around $18,000 has been raised so far for the project.

Emu Park Lions Club Contribution.

DR reported that as a result of Bill Gannon attending the Club’s last meeting to explain aspects of the project to his members, the club has increased its financial commitment of $30,000 to $55,000, by approving a further donation of $25,000 for project artwork.

Emu Park Bendigo Bank Contribution

PL reported that the $150,000 contribution to the project has now been received.

PL inquired when it is expected that the donation monies held by the Emu Park RSL would need to be transferred to the Council.

The Chairman advised mid-May 2015.

Fundraising

Proposed Project Open Day

The Secretary advised that:

  • The Emu Park RSL had planned to run an Open Day on Sunday 21 March 2015 to raise funds for the project.
  • However, it is felt that given Cyclone Marcia, it would not be appropriate to do so.
  • Further, given that Stage 1 completion date is tight, it is unlikely that there would be access to the project area.

Committee members agreed with Secretary’s thoughts on the matter and decided to defer Open Day until later in the year.

Memorial Walk Sub-Committee

Refer to Project Consultant’s Report earlier in the minutes.

Recognition of New Zealand Involvement

At meeting held on 8 August 2014, JP suggested that:

  • The New Zealand involvement needs to be recognised via an interpretive panel.
  • The local Capricorn Coast New Zealand expats need to be engaged and consulted.
  • The New Zealand Consulate in Canberra be also contacted.

At that meeting it was decided to put matter on hold until we decide what interpretive panels will go along the walkway.

JP advisedthat there was nothing further to report at this time.

Fundraising Thermometers.

PL advised that the two thermometers have been made but the signature signage is yet to be finalised.

PL is follow matter up with absent committee member, Greg Thomasson, who is handling matter.

CWA Rotunda.

The Secretary reported that matter has not progressed at this stage.

Donation Letter to Ratepayers

At meeting held on 28 November 2014, TW suggested that a letter be sent to Livingstone Shire Council ratepayers seeking private donations for the project.

At the meeting, the Secretary advised that the Council intends to send out a brochure in March 2015 outlining the 2015 ANZAC Commemorative Events to be held in the Livingstone Shire and this would be the opportune time to do so.

The committee decide to defer matter for the time being given the cyclone situation.

PL advised that:

  • A photo shoot took place on 18 February with himself and the Secretary and an article on the project wasto appear in the next week’s edition of the Capricorn Coast Mirror.
  • However, the article has been delayed because of the cyclone and is expect in the next couple of weeks.
  • This article is to emphasise that donations are being sought for the project.

Centenary of ANZAC Logo and ANZAC Name

At meeting held on 16 January 2015, PL inquired whether the Centenary of ANZAC Logo and the ANZAC nameis to be displayed on the project site.

At the committee agreed that this would be appropriate.

PL advised that:

  • The ANZAC name can be used in conjunction with the project.
  • However, it is more complicated with the Centenary of ANZAC Logo as the material to be used needs to be specified and presented for approval.
  • Approval will need to be sought when material is finalised.

PL is to liaise with Project Consultant, Bill Gannon.

Gallipoli Pines

TW advised that he lost a lot of pines in his nursery during the cyclone and these were to be used with the project.

The Project Manager advised that they have sourced 6large pinesfor the internal part of the Memorial Precinctbut will need the 9 small ones at the rear of the Pictorial Screenas well.

ANZAC PLACE

Refer to Project Consultant’s Report earlier in the minutes.

Project Board

PL suggested that a lot of people on the Capricorn Coast still don’t know what the project is about and a project board needs to be erected on site.

The Chairman is to follow matter up with the Council.

NEXT MEETING

Tuesday 31 March 2015 at 5pm at the Emu ParkRSL

MEETING CLOSURE

6.10pm.

 

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