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Paving the way for a new Remembrance Park

THE South Arm RSL Sub-Branch is giving local residents the opportunity to contribute to the establishment of a new Remembrance Park through the creation of their very own pavers.

The personalised pavers will be displayed as either part of the commemorative park or on a wall within the park.

South Arm RSL Sub-Branch vice president Mike Gallagher said the South Arm Peninsula had a long-standing association with the Australian Defence Force.

Mr Gallagher said a large number of locals had enlisted and served in the First and Second World Wars, as well as the more recent conflicts.

“The South Arm Memorial Park project is a gift to the community,” he said.

“Families or individuals who have a connection to any of the conflicts that Australia has been involved in can take an active role in helping to establish the Memorial Park by having a paver with their chosen

inscription displayed in honour of their loved ones who served.”

Paver donations will range from $125 for a standard paver, $250 for bronze, $500 for silver and $1,000 for a gold marked paver.

Funds from the pavers will go toward developing the Remembrance Park, which will include a number of memorial walls, flag poles, bench seating, hard standing areas, pathways, a mural and landscaping.

Mr Gallagher said the pavers gave locals the chance to “forever be a part of the Memorial Park.”

“On Anzac Day, Remembrance Day and other important conflict anniversary dates, these pavers will be seen and honoured by all – they will be a lasting testament to the sacrifice made,” he said.

“A person has the opportunity to choose either from a range of badges (Navy, Army or RAAF) and up to three lines or whatever inscription they wish.

“We are keen for RSL and community members, as well as businesses, corporate bodies and government agencies, to get involved and support this very important initiative.”

For more information or to fund a paver, contact Mike Gallagher at mikegall55@gmail.com or phone 0418 126 574.

Caption: South Arm RSL Sub-Branch vice president Mike Gallagher, left, with treasurer Herman Westerhof and committee member John Gourlay at the South Arm Memorial Park.