Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP and the Kalamunda Returned and Services League (RSL) officially unveiled a new Memorial Wall at Stirk Park, Kalamunda, following the 11 am service at the Cenotaph, Kostera Oval, over last weekend.
A grant was made under the Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program which was open in the early stages of the Anzac Centenary Period (2014-2018).
Community leaders such as Mayor John Giardina and City of Kalamunda CEO Rhonda Hardy, President of Kalamunda Sub Branch of the RSL and RSL members were all guests at the ceremony where Minister Wyatt reflected on the strong community involvement in making the project happen.
“Special acknowledgement on behalf of the Hasluck community must be given to Kalamunda RSL members Wayne Loughrey and the late Doug Carpenter and their contributions to this project as well as the Lloyd family of Kalamunda for their generosity and involvement.”
“Here in Kalamunda, the growing number of people in our local community who turn out each year to pay tribute to the 102,000 members of the Australian armed forces who paid the ultimate sacrifice will now be able to do so at this new memorial wall as well as at the Cenotaph.” Mr Wyatt said.
“It was fitting to open this special memorial for our community on Remembrance Day, which is a time for us to reflect on the men and women that gave up their peaceful lives so that we might enjoy a long-lasting peace.” Mr Wyatt said.
RSL vice president Geof Irvin said the wall was already having an impact on the community.
"I had a bloke come up to me and ask what we were doing and I said, we're building a memorial and he started to cry," he said. "He said he would be there to remember his grandfather."
“I would love to thank the City of Kalamunda, Wayne Loughrey, Doug Carpenter, the Lloyd family, and of course our local member Ken Wyatt - who arranged for the support of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and joined us and the local community for our Remembrance Day ceremony.” Mr Irvin said.
“The last few years of community involvement have constantly broken the record of the previous year, and this year was no exception, with more poppy’s sold than ever before.”
Mr Wyatt said that this was just another step along the process of appropriately remembering our veterans, which comes after a successful campaign to map historically significant sites across the local community.
“In May 2018 I sent my ANZAC Newsletter and attached our Hasluck Military Map. This was a large collaborative project my office undertook to plot the sites of military significance from both World Wars on a map of the Hasluck electorate. Copies of this map are available from my office.” Mr Wyatt said.