Redland City Council and the Redland RSL have released new designs for the proposed ANZAC centenary memorial for public comment.
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the memorial, to be located in Kinsail Court Park Cleveland, would be a fitting tribute to servicemen and women, particularly in the centenary year of the First World War.
“The Redlands has a proud military history and this memorial will provide a permanent and poignant reminder to the community of the debt we owe to those who served to ensure our freedom and give us hope for a bright future,” Cr Williams said.
“This revised design has been prepared by Council after local residents voiced concerns about the size of a preliminary design released by the RSL earlier in the year.
“We took on board those concerns and the new design is a stunning compromise that honours the ANZAC memory without impacting on surrounding residents.”
Cr Williams said the wider community and nearby residents would be invited to provide their comments on the new designs prior to the project progressing to detailed design and construction.
“From 29 September to 27 October Council will be inviting comments on the new designs that have achieved a much more appropriate scale than the initial designs previously circulated.
“The design works with the existing contours of the park and limits the use of walls to low impact sloping retaining walls to provide a visually unobtrusive reminder of the battles in which so many Australians have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“The memorial will enhance the existing RSL cenotaph which will remain in its current location, creating a precinct to honour our servicemen and women and become an asset the community will be proud of.
“Commemorative events such as ANZAC Day are always very well attended in the Redlands and these commemorations are a vital link with our past.
“I have no doubt this new memorial will be a key focus of these future commemorations for current and future generations of Redlanders.
“Council and the RSL have also been mindful of the potential traffic issues surrounding these events and this will be a key part of the ongoing discussion and engagement with nearby residents on the new memorial proposals.”