War memorial works on the move

23 Feb 2017

WORKS have begun on a war memorial at Leopold that will honour the commitment and sacrifices made by brave young soldiers from the town and greater district.
Leopold War Memorial Committee chair Keith Pettigrew said earthworks and the shaping of the site, which is located at the corner of Melaluka Road and Stringers Lane, had now been completed.
"The concrcters have started setting out the profile for the concrete pathways and base of the structures.
"We have finalised the texts to be shown on the memorial panels, Harry Buckle of W.M. Buckle & Sons will provide the granite and engraving as a donation to the memorial."
Mr Pettigrew said all works to date had been donated by Norris Plant Hire Pty Ltd, while Alcoa donated flagpoles which were being cleaned and powder coated by Geelong Abrasives Blasting.
He said Bunnings Leopold had donated timber needed as edging for the graveled areas, and Vicinity Centres, managers of the Gateway Shopping complex, had donated funds for the landscaping of the area.
As part of the Leopold War Memorial, the committee will publish a book listing as much information as possible about the 146 local heroes as a historical record and reference for future generations - the Leopold Sportsmans Club has donated funds for the book to be completed.
Mr Pettigrew said the 1st Eastern Scout Group had also held a sausage sizzle and raised $400, which they donated to the memorial project.
"We have also received cash donation from local residents," he said.
"The Leopold War Memorial Committee is extremely grateful and humbled by the generosity of so many people to help see the memorial completed, which we anticipate, and hope, will be completed before Anzac Day this year."
If you would like to donate or if you want any more information, email Mr Pettigrew at kjpettigrew@bigpond.com.

Bellarine Times, Bellarine

09 Feb 2017 
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