The Doncaster RSL will receive a $310,000 upgrade to its outdoor area with a series of new landscaping features and educational signage.
This upgrade will ensure the outdoor area of the Doncaster RSL is more visible and accessible for the community to come together and pay their respects.
Earlier this year, Manningham Council committed $250,000 to the project, with works to begin this week and conclude by early 2019. In addition, council has successfully received a $60,000 grant from the Victorian Government’s Victoria Remembers Major Grant Program to include educational signage.
Manningham Mayor, Cr Paula Piccinini, announced the new upgrades at the Doncaster RSL’s Remembrance Day ceremony yesterday, followed by a ‘turning of the sod’ to mark the occasion.
“As a council, we want to ensure this legacy of our service men and women is cemented in our community. We believe the upgrades to the Doncaster RSL will ensure there is a place for the Manningham community to come together and pay their respects for many years to come,” Cr Piccinini said.
President of the Doncaster RSL, Charles Collins said: “We’re delighted that Manningham has made this commitment to upgrading our RSL, to preserve this site that means so much to us.
“The Doncaster RSL is a true community centre, where past, present and future generations come to recognise the adversities of war, honour our veterans and where our veterans seek comfort in times of need,” Mr Collins said.
The new upgrades will include:
- A new seating area to cater for larger memorial day events and school groups
- Interpretative and educational signage and soundposts
- Bluestone and granite paving with the RSL shield featured on the new pavement surface
- New planting, landscaping and lighting.