Media Release: National Monument to honour fallen lifesavers 25 June 2012

09 Oct 2012

National Monument to honour fallen lifesavers

Randwick City Council will consider a proposal to establish a national monument at Coogee Beach honouring the sacrifices of Australian lifesavers in war.

Randwick Mayor Councillor Scott Nash will table a Mayoral Minute at the Council meeting tomorrow night outlining the proposal.

If the proposal is adopted, Council will call upon the State and Federal governments to assist with funding and a Trust would be established to oversee all aspects of the project and monitor and add to the monument as required.


National Monument to honour fallen lifesavers

Randwick City Council will consider a proposal to establish a national monument at Coogee Beach honouring the sacrifices of Australian lifesavers in war.

Randwick Mayor Councillor Scott Nash will table a Mayoral Minute at the Council meeting tomorrow night outlining the proposal.

If the proposal is adopted, Council will call upon the State and Federal governments to assist with funding and a Trust would be established to oversee all aspects of the project and monitor and add to the monument as required.

The memorial would consist of an appropriate monument or sculpture, a wall of remembrance listing names of all the fallen lifesavers, and terrace seating.

Mayor Scott Nash paid tribute to the many Australian lifesavers who have given their lives in conflicts since World War I.

“There were more than twenty Surf Life Saving Clubs in Australia at the outbreak of World War I, and when the call went out for volunteers, a significant number of these volunteer club members signed up to defend our great nation and the freedoms we enjoy today.

“In addition to an appropriate national monument, I also propose an annual event a tCoogee Beach at the beginning of each surf life saving season would be a fitting and dignified manner in which to honour our fallen lifesavers.”

Randwick City Council will consider the Mayoral Minute at the Council Meeting tomorrow, Tuesday 26 June.

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