Newcastle's first Eternal Flame
We began work this week to build Newcastle's first eternal flame honouring all ex-servicemen and women.
The flame and stone monument will be installed in front of the World War Two Monument in Civic Park and will be officially unveiled during a ceremony on 11 November to commemorate the Centenary of Armistice.
We are bringing the first eternal flame to our city as a joint project by the City of Newcastle and the Federal Government, which came out of a successful Lord Mayoral Minute and a grant application through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I am so proud that this flame will be unique to Newcastle in that it will honour all servicemen and women - past, present and future.
The City contributed just over $100,000 and our staff completed significant detailed concept and design work to bring this project to construction by our skilled Civil Construction team.
Our local veteran's community has long called for construction of an eternal flame to pay tribute to all of Australia's ex-servicemen and women.
Sharon Claydon MP, Federal Member for Newcastle, supported this idea and helped us deliver it by securing a $45,400 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and we also worked closely with the Newcastle veterans' community to deliver this permanent tribute.
The Centenary of Armistice is a significant moment in our history of our nation and it's important to recognise the contribution Novocastrians have made in protecting our nation as we mark 100 years since the end of World War One.
Construction works will involve removal of existing concrete ground surfaces and flagpoles, new concrete hardstand around the existing World War Two memorial, installation of a new granite monolith to house the eternal flame, and four new nine-metre flagpoles.
I invite you to join me for the unveiling of this significant new monument for the commemoration of a Century of Armistice on 11 November.