Phil Hodges with a brick commemorating his military service and also one for his great uncle Arthur John Hodges who was killed one week into Gallipoli and is buried at Lone Pine at the new Freedom Park war memorial.
Phil Hodges with a brick commemorating his military service and also one for his great uncle Arthur John Hodges who was killed one week into Gallipoli and is buried at Lone Pine at the new Freedom Park war memorial. Alistair Brightman

Freedom Park will be ready for Anzac Day this year

STANDING in the middle of the new Freedom Park Anzac Memorial is likely to give any Australian goosebumps.

Walls of black marble rise from the tiled pathways, which snake through lush green grass.

Bricks are stacked on top of and beside each other, each with the name of a local service man or woman on it.

RSL sub-branch president John Kelsey talks about the illuminated Australian flag at the centre of the memorial.

"The flagpole is very eerie," he said.

"To look at the glow lighting up the pole with the flag flying- I think it will bring a lot of tears to people's eyes, especially at the dawn service."

Hervey Bay had outgrown the original memorial - so the decision was made last year to expand in time for the Centenary of Anzac in 2015.

A bronze statue of a Light Horse charging over the sandbags at Beersheba will eventually be the centrepiece of the memorial.

Although it won't be ready on April 25 this year, Mr Kelsey hopes that will arrive by October.

Plans also include planting a Lone Pine, more gardening and additional car parking.

The sub-branch are also looking for businesses to support their plans by donating money.

Mr Kelsey also praised the Fraser Coast Regional Council for their work around the area.

The old memorial was refurbished to blend it in with the new area, and will be used for the upcoming Anzac Day service.

"We will be ready for Anzac Day this year," Mr Kelsey said.

"This will be a total feature of Hervey Bay."



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