PROPOSED CENTENARY OF ANZAC PROJECT
MINUTES OF STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING
FRIDAY 12 SEPTEMBER 2014 AT 10.30AM
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)
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)
Noel Gardner(NGGA Civil Engineers – Project Managers)
Scott Nicholas(NGGA Civil Engineers – Project Managers)
- 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.
CONCEPT AND STRUCTURE PROPOSAL.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.