Mayor’s Pulse message – May 2015

The Anzac spirit is alive and well in Redland City. Redlanders turned out in their many thousands for the Centenary of Anzac in ceremonies across the city.

An estimated 20,000 people flocked to the new Anzac Centenary Memorial adjacent to the RSL in Cleveland for the city’s signature dawn service. Thousands more turned up at Redland Bay before dawn broke and for well-attended ceremonies on the mainland and islands.

Anzac Day ceremonies have taken on new meaning for so many people. The fact so many younger people are embracing the Anzac legend and understanding what the Anzac spirit really means for Australians ensures it will never die.

Anzac Day does not glorify war; quite the opposite. What it does do is remind us all of the sacrifices made by so many people so Australians can enjoy the country we have today.

Redland City now has a permanent reminder of the Anzac spirit in the Anzac Centenary Memorial, which was the centre point of the Cleveland services.

The memorial is a wonderful new asset for our city and is the perfect example of what can be achieved when people work together to deliver community projects.

Redland City Council is proud to have been involved in this great community project, that would not have been possible without Federal Government funding secured through Member for Bowman Dr Andrew Laming.

Council was pleased to be able to partner with the Federal Government, the Redlands RSL and National Servicemen’s Association in delivering the project. I am very proud of the design and construction of the memorial which had oversight from Council’s Public Places team.

Many people were involved in planning for and ensuring the success of Anzac Day ceremonies. All deserve our thanks.

Anzac Day 2015 will remain in our memories for many years.