Meeting 12th September 2014





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

Bill Ludwig(Mayor of Livingstone Council) – (BL) – arrived at 11.25am.

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

Bob Blair(Indigenous Australian Representative) – (BB)

Jack Parr(Emu Park RSL) – (JP)

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


Bruce Young(State Member for Keppel) – (BY)

David Young(HomecorpGroup) – (DY)

Tom Wyatt(Councillor Livingstone Council) – (TW)

Greg Thomasson(Bendigo Bank) – (GT)

Colleen Williams(Bendigo Bank) – (CW)

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

Michelle Landry(Federal Member for Capricornia)


Glenda Mather(Councillor Livingstone Council)

Noel Brady

Bill Gannon(Project Contractor)

Nick Alderson(Project Contractor)

Derek Bacon(Project Contractor)

Phil McKone(Manager Planning & Design Livingstone Council)

Dan Toon(Manager Infrastructure Livingstone Council)

Kath Coulter

Mark Edmistone

Leigh Dennis

Noel Gardner(NGGA Civil Engineers – Project Managers)

Scott Nicholas(NGGA Civil Engineers – Project Managers)


The Chairman:

  • Welcomed committee members and others to the meeting.
  • Advised that the project contractors have reviewed the concept development done so far for the project and at this meeting will be presenting a concept and structure plan proposal for Stage 1 of the project.
  • Advised that the committee needs to consider the proposed concept and structure plan presented and decide whether to give the go ahead for Stage 1 of the project to proceed on this basis.
  • Invited the contractors to make the presentation.


Bill Gannon:

  • Said that he would like to first of all clear up a matter that arose at the last meeting regarding the Lions’ Rotunda.
  • Advised that he has spoken with the President of the Emu Park Lions’ Club, Denis Ratcliffe, and Denis has advised that the Lions are prepared to provide funding of $30,000 towards an identifiable structure with in the project as long as the Lions can relate to this structure.

Nick Alderson:

  • Tabled the proposed landscape concept plan for Stage 1 of project which entailed the following works:
  • A landscaped Memorial Court opposite intersection of Emu and Granville streets and near CWA Rotunda.
  • A landscaped foreshore path leading out of the Memorial Court up the hill, around a grassed mound, until it reaches the Memorial Walk Gateway and Orientation/Gallery at the beginning of the Boardwalk(situated just above northern side of Emu Park RSL).
  • A Memorial Walk(boardwalk) then stretches up foreshorefrom Memorial Walk Gateway to opposite Singing Ship Sculpture(connecting link) on the top of foreshore hill to a Viewing Deck.
  • Then proceeded to explain the concept plan and the contractor’s thinking behind the various aspects of the plan.

Bill Gannon:

  • Presented a graphic time line of the major battles Australian soldiers participated in during World War 1.
  • Believes that some of the art work(Snippets from the Western Front) done bylocal artist, the late Ross Coulter, can be infused into the project.
  • However, he would like to see the bulk of Ross’ works put on permanent display and suggested that this happen in the Emu Park RSL.
  • Proposed that we use the official records of the Australian War Memorial in telling the story of World War 1.

The Chairman:

  • Thanked the contractors for the presentation.
  • Advised that he believes the project will be of national significance and the contractors have included all the committee’s ideas.
  • Advised that he is very supportive of the concept and structure plan presented.

Questions were then taken and answered.

There were no significant objections to the plan other than:

  • JP was not in favour of the proposal to tell the story of World War 1 and the battles in the Memorial Walk Gateway and Orientation/Gallery, rather than in a time line of Interpretive Panels along the walkway.
  • It was pointed out that there was not enough room to display Ross Coulter’s art work permanently in the Emu Park RSL.

The committee agreed that Stage 1 of the project proceed in terms of the concept and structure plan presented at the meeting but be subject to some fine tuning.


To be advised by the Secretary.



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