UPGRADE: Whyalla City Council group manager community Migelle Hiscock has been working with RSL to achieve upgrades to Memorial Gate in readiness for the 2015 Anzac Centenary commemorations.Memorial Gate is undergoing a major upgrade in readiness for the 2015 Anzac Centenary commemorations.
The upgrade is being supported through Whyalla City Council receiving $27,000 of federal funding as part of its Anzac Centenary local grants program.
Whyalla City Council group manager communityMigelleHiscock said the community services department had been working closely with the RSL to achieve some “much longed for” upgrades.
Whyalla RSL president Matthew McDonnell said he was “very appreciative” the iconic site was being upgraded.
“The site of the Whyalla war memorial has been the centre piece for all Remembrance Day services for decades and the Memorial Gates are an iconic part of the site,” he said.
“The Whyalla RSL members are extremely grateful for the work being done and are excited to see the completed work.”
Mrs Hiscock said residents would have noticed a change in the past week with the archway overhaul underway.
“The memorial archway is the current upgrade to the area, with the arch being removed from site to allow the contractors to blast, repair and paint,” she said.
“It is expected that the arch will be absent from site for a couple of weeks whilst work is undertaken; the arch will be then reinstated with a crossand new lighting installed.”
Mrs Hiscock said other works had already been completed and further works, including landscaping and maintenance of seating, was planned.
“Other upgrades that have already been undertaken in recent months include the rejuvenation of the cenotaph with the engraving being reworked, the stone walls have been cleaned and the brass plaques have been cleaned and resealed,” she said.
“The two ticket boxes have been rendered and concrete paths have been installed to reduce tripping and flooding hazards.”
Mrs Hiscock said photographs of the original memorial showed the gates were part of the design but had been removed from the site.
If funds allow, the council said it would like to reinstate gates to the archway.
Memorial Gate was first erected in 1952 at the entrance of Memorial Oval as a tribute to those who enlisted in World War II from Whyalla.
Mrs Hiscock said the arch would be reinstated shortly and all other works on site would be completed before Anzac Day as per the grant requirements.
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