ONE of Bendigo’s most active RSL sub-branches will construct a new memorial wall, in the process creating space for the names of 65 of its service personnel from World War I, and more standing room for people attending Anzac and Remembrance Day services.
The Kangaroo Flat RSL sub-branch has received a $80,000 grant to build the wall at its memorial on High Street.
Design plans show the existing flagpole will remain and the wall built behind creating more room for visitors to services held at memorial.
President John Meager said the sub-branch had lost its Avenue of Honour over a period of time, the plaques laid at the base of trees had gone missing.
Replacement plaques were not allowed to be placed beneath new trees planted along the Calder Highway so the solution was to build a memorial to fit all names.
Mr Meager said the City of Greater Bendigo would contribute to landscaping and had facilitated the grant which was awarded through the Victoria Remembers major grant program with the help of Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards.
“It is through community projects such as these that all Victorians can learn more about our war related heritage and the stories of the brave women and men who have served their nation,” Ms Edwards said.
“I’m very excited for the Kangaroo Flat RSL sub-branch and this project that the volunteers and supporters at the sub-branch have worked tirelessly to plan.”