Veteran's Walk honours over 60,000 Australians who served in the Vietnam War

Media Release

FN044/2016

19 August 2016

Joint release with:

Bridget McKenzie

Senator for Victoria

John Eren

Victorian Minister for Veterans

Sue Marstaeller

Mayor of Mitchell Shire Council

The Vietnam Veteran's Commemorative Walk in Seymour, north-east Victoria, is now complete with the final stage of works delivered today, coinciding with the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the commemorative walk would provide the nation with a place to honour the sacrifice of our Australian servicemen and women who served with distinction in the Vietnam War.

“The commemorative walk celebrates our strong military heritage and is a place for future generations to remember and reflect on the service and sacrifice made by Australians who defended our nation and way of life,” Minister Nash said.

“The location is pivotal to the commemorative walk's capacity to draw visitors from across the country, with the attraction ideally placed as a stopping point off the Hume Highway between Victoria and New South Wales.”

Victorian Minister for Veterans John Eren said the commemorative walk featured glass panels inscribed with the names of more than 60,000 Australians who served in the conflict

“The background comprises stunning photography that give visitors a real sense of what our brave servicemen and women endured in Vietnam,” Minister Eren said.

“Our veterans gave us an extraordinary gift. It's our duty to preserve their legacy for future generations to cherish.”

Senator for Victoria Bridget McKenzie joined the Mayor of Mitchell Shire Council Rodney Parker and the Seymour community today to celebrate the delivery of the third and final stage of the project.

“The Coalition Government's Community Development Grants Programme is investing in community infrastructure and I am delighted that it has enabled the region to build such a fitting place of remembrance here in Seymour, and for it to be completed on such a significant anniversary,” Senator McKenzie said.

“The Battle of Long Tan was one of the bloodiest battles of the Vietnam War resulting not only in significant loss of life for our military but it also continues to effect the lives of many of our returned personnel and their families.”

Cr Sue Marstaeller said the Walk included 425 metres of pathway and 160 metres of commemorative pavers.

“Stage three works included the installation of military artefacts including an Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC), EZ Disposal Point to accommodate the growth in caravan and RV visitors to the site, car parking area, landscaping, civil infrastructure and all abilities access to the Walk,” Cr Marstaeller said.

“The Walk is a noble tribute to our nation's Vietnam Veterans who we thank for their partnership and vision throughout this project. With Seymour's proud military connection and the completion of the new amenities at the VVCW, we are attracting higher visitation rates to the township.”

“The economic flow on effects are already being noticed and we hope to further develop these benefits through partnerships to connect all of the area's military heritage attractions going forward.”

Stage Three of the project was made possible with the Australian Government investing $500,000, the Victorian Government contributing $243,000, the Mitchell Shire Council providing $100,000 and the Vietnam Veterans Association Mitchell Sub Branch donating $81,000.

For more information about the walk and its location visit http://www.vietnamvetswalk.org.au/