ANZAC tribute commemorates all

RSL Queensland 18 July 2019

Boyne-Tannum RSL Sub Branch has officially opened its long-awaited Centenary of ANZAC Memorial.

The memorial is dedicated to all Defence services and women in Defence.

The Sub Branch recently unveiled four monuments recognising the contribution of the Army, Navy and Air Force, as well as the important role women have played in the ADF. The dedication ceremony took place at Boyne Island Stirling Park Cenotaph on 22 March.

Part of the Sub Branch’s Centenary project, the monuments were the culmination of five years hard work by members, in particular Jim Staats and Mike Robbins. During discussion and consultation with the local community, Boyne Smelters LTD generously donated four billets of aluminium, which became the basis for the design.

The Sub Branch wanted the design to contain a strong educational element for current and future generations. Local artistic designer Katrina Elliot’s concept was accepted, and grant applications submitted for the cost of the artwork.

Funding was secured from the Australian Government Stronger Communities, Queensland Gas Corporation and Lasting Legacy, while the Goondiwindi Regional Council (GRC) also contributed by installing and maintaining the monuments.

The ceremony was attended by around 100 guests and dignitaries, including Boyne Smelters General Manager Joe Rea, who unveiled the monuments, GRC Mayor Matt Burnett, State MP Glenn Butcher, Federal MP Ken O’Dowd, RSL Queensland State President Tony Ferris and artistic designer Katrina Elliot.

Following the ceremony, the Ladies Auxiliary treated guests to a morning tea in Stirling Park.

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