50 Days and 50 Ways – #38


Complete the Elsie Laver Park project, honouring our veterans and their families


In 2015 I was proud to deliver the first stage of a multi-stage project to enhance Elsie Laver Park, our War Memorial in Mudgeeraba, in conjunction with the work of the Mudgeeraba-Robina RSL Sub-Branch.

The first stage of the project was designed by council officers in consultation with the gentlemen of the RSL, and included a rosemary garden retained on the northern side of the park, a feature stair entry with guide-rails, and two commemorative paths approaching the cenotaph.

george o brienA key stakeholder in the project was community leader and key RSL volunteer, George O’Brien OAM, who for a long time served as the Principal of Mudgeeraba State School. George was particularly focused on retaining the lay of the land in such a way that the original design of the park, where the setting sun casts shadow via the cenotaph onto the memorial wall, was retained. It was critical to honour this in my view, and I was glad for George’s support and ultimately that of many of the team at the RSL together.

elsie1The project was primarily funded by Council with assistance from a federal government grant, with great thanks to Karen Andrews MP, and also the support of Ros Bates MP who oversaw the approval of the Dept of Main Roads as some of the park encroaches on state road reserve.

With the Centenary of ANZAC commemoration occurring from 2014-2018 it was a time-critical project that I am deeply proud of. The members of the RSL expressed their appreciation by hosting a private thank you event at their headquarters under the Mudgeeraba Memorial Hall, and took that opportunity to show their gratitude to the labourers, volunteers and administrators who supported and delivered the first stage. This sort of community spirit sets a shining example for other groups in my view.

elsie4Stage Two is a commemorative pathway, with $30,000 allocated from my local council budget, sales of 1000 or so named pavers from local residents funding a contribution, and the RSL or grant monies picking up the shortfall. The pathway is proposed to weave it’s way around the rear of the park, on the Police Station side, enabling visitors to see the names of local families who contributed and wish for their family or loved ones to be remembered. I’d dearly love to see this project delivered in it’s entirety and I know I have the support of the RSL in advocating for its completion.

This job is not complete but my commitment is to see it to fruition if you Vote 1 TOZER on March 19th. I encourage you to buy a brick paver to support the project, and join with me to celebrate and remember when we see the project completed, hopefully in 2017.

For more information on Elsie Laver Park and it’s history check out THIS LINK

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