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Port Pirie Council Partner with the RSL

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Port Pirie Regional Council and the RSL Port Pirie branch have partnered up in an effort to preserve the region’s history, honouring service personnel.

With council’s support the RSL have attained grant funding for the repairs of various memorials, with council also seeking expressions of interest from the Veteran community establishing a Middle East Memorial.

Council have stated that ‘The cities long-term plan includes a digital ‘Military Heritage Trail’ which is being developed, allowing locals and tourists to follow the trail and learn more about Port Pirie’s significant military history’.

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Gary Fradd, Secretary of the Port Pirie RSL has stated, “It is crucial to preserve and maintain war memorials as they are significant pieces of history.”

Completed projects include:

  • Woodward Park Gates Council refurbished the Oliver Woodward Gates on the southern end of Woodward Park. These gates honour one of Port Pirie’s great war heroes Captain Oliver Holmes Woodward. The refurbishment included repainting and straightening the gates, fixing hinges and gate panels and repairs to the brickwork.
  • War Graves Council remediated the headstones on the war graves in the Port Pirie Cemetery. Originally, the front section of the war graves had plaques on single blocks which were deteriorating beyond repair. Council has constructed beams and installed the plaques on these to add symmetry and structure to the war graves area.
  • RSL Crossing and Car Parking Council recently completed a new crossing along The Terrace between the Port Pirie Trotting Track and the RSL and installed a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road. This crossing is already being used well by the community, particularly by elderly patrons who attended the Senior Citizens Christmas Party recently.

Council looks forward to continuing its partnership with RSL Port Pirie into the future with some exciting projects planned for this financial year, including:

  • World War One Gates Stone Works

Repairs to the stone work at the World War One Gates (Memorial Drive).

  •  War Graves Cenotaph Works are planned to tile the base of the cenotaph to repair the lifts in the existing terrazzo finish.
  •  Navy Memorial Stone Works Replacing stones and mortar at the Navy Memorial

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