Maribyrnong City Council will plant 147 gum trees at the Avenue of Honour in Footscray Park to commemorate the Anzac centenary, a development that will cost the council $140,000.
The Avenue of Honour was established in 1947 with 7000 plaques to honour the fallen soldiers of World Wars I and II but most of them disappeared during construction work on Geelong Road in the 1960s. More than 200 plaques were salvaged but the site has since been forgotten.
The new plans mean that the community will not have to wait much longer to see the soldiers honoured once more. “We will start later this month, and hope to finish before ANZAC day,” Mayor Nam Quach of Maribyrnong City Council told The Newsroom.
Long Viet Nguyen, president of Footscray RSL, told The Newsroom his members appreciated the work being done on the Avenue of Honour and look forward to the parade held by the Vietnamese Veteran Allied Force for Anzac Day on April 25.
The council will also host an event on Thursday, April 23, to mark the completion of the planting. This event will be held in the memorial garden at the end of Geelong Road. “It will include the planting of the last tree, to be located within the memorial garden itself,” Mayor Nam says.