Ballarat's ANZACs recognised at the Avenue of Honour
12 April 2015
Joint release with:
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports
Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veteran's Affairs;
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Residents from Ballarat gathered today for the opening of the reconnected Ballarat Avenue of Honour, which will serve as a living memorial to the ANZACs.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said the Australian Government had committed $1 million towards reinstating the level crossing on the Avenue of Honour, allowing it to run its full 22 kilometre length uninterrupted.
“The reinstallation of the level crossing complements the road overpass of Remembrance Drive which was built as part of the duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell, and will help restore the integrity of the Avenue,” Mr Truss said.
Minister for Veterans' Affairs Senator Michael Ronaldson today joined the local community for the official opening of the memorial site.
“The 3,801 trees planted along its length commemorate the service of the regional men and women who volunteered to serve as part of the Great War” Senator Ronaldson said.
“It sends a message that those who served and those who died protecting the lives of others are not forgotten, but are remembered with honour.”
Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports, Luke Donnellan, said the Ballarat Avenue of Honour was the first and longest of its kind in Australia.
“The Avenue of Honour is an important landmark that helps us remember those who have served our nation with bravery and honour. Every component of the reconnection has been designed with commemoration in mind,” Minister Donnellan said.
The Australian Government fully funded the $1 million cost of reinstating the level crossing.
The road overpass of Remembrance Drive was built as part of the $662.3 million duplication of the Western Highway from Ballarat to Stawell, to which the Australia Government committed $501.3 million and the Victorian Government $161 million.