Construction to start on Springfield Anzac memorial
A MEMORIAL to honour all service men and women who have fought for our country will be built in Springfield's Robelle Domain Parklands.
Construction will begin on the new Springfield Light Tower within the next two weeks to ensure the structure is completed in time for Anzac Day, weather permitting.
The monument will be a place where the community can come and pay their respects not only on Anzac Day or Remembrance Day, but all year round.
It will feature a steel jacket so the community can place poppies onto it in memory of their loved ones.
There will also be a small garden built around the base so wreaths can be laid in front.
The monument has been funded by the Ipswich City Council, but subsidised by a grant of $20,000 from the Federal Government, as well as donations from the local community.
Springfield Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Breaden has been spearheading the campaign for the memorial for close to two years now.
He said he was pleased to see the project get started.
"I am really happy with the project and that work will begin soon," he said.
"There has been great support from the local community, and I know many people will be pleased to see the monument in.
"The Ipswich City Council has been very supportive of the cause, and I would like to thank them for their contribution."
Division 1 councillor David Morrison said with the Greater Springfield region having such a rich armed forces history, he had no doubt the memorial would become an important part of the area.
"Many don't realise that this area is very significant to the defence force, because it was used by American and Australian troops during World War Two, and afterwards for military training," he said.
"There are also a lot people who live in the Greater Springfield region who are part of the defence forces.
"This memorial will recognise all of our service men and women, whether they are army, navy or air force."
Cr Morrison was also looking forward to this year's Anzac Day service, which he said would be very different to last year.
"Some people left the Springfield Central service last year thinking it went too long," he said.
"But with last year's service being to commemorate the Centenary, there were quite a number of schools who wanted to be involved.
"This year though, it will be strictly kept to 40 minutes."
Mr Breaden also echoed Cr Morrison's words about the ceremony, saying this year it would be about getting back to basics.
"I have a number of ex defence force personnel helping to plan this year's service," Mr Breaden said.
"We will also have more soldiers there, who will be servicing the older soldiers."
It is also hoped the new monument will spark some interest in the community to form a Springfield RSL sub branch.