Peace park backed

Joondalup Times - - NEWS - Lucy Jarvis

A ‘PEACE park’ to com­mem­o­rate those in­volved in the Viet­nam War is sched­uled to be in­stalled in Koondoola Park by next April.

The Wan­neroo Coun­cil re­cently en­dorsed a con­cept plan for the $198,020 Koondoola Peace Park pro­posal, which will fea­ture a cen­tral art­work by Quinns Rocks sculp­tor Me­hdi Ra­sulle and paved area.

In his pro­posal, Ra­sulle said the sculp­ture would have two tall pan­els – one of steel that rep­re­sented Aus­tralia and the other in alu­minium rep­re­sent­ing Viet­nam.

“These are off­set to cre­ate an evolv­ing art­work as you walk around it,” he said.

“There are two cut-outs of sol­diers ad­ja­cent to each other, as well as a cut-out show­ing a shape rep­re­sent­ing the Long Tan cross.

“There is a lo­tus flower on the top of the sculp­ture, which rep­re­sents Viet­nam and also sym­bol­ises that some­thing good and beau­ti­ful can come out of the dissolution of war.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Novem­ber 14 coun­cil re­port, the con­cept aimed to cre­ate a space for re­flec­tion and com­mem­o­ra­tion for peo­ple who had done mil­i­tary ser­vice and their fam­ily mem­bers, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Viet­nam War.

It said the project work­ing group in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tion from the Viet­namese As­so­ci­a­tion of WA and Wan­neroo RSL.

Coun­cil­lor Domenic Zappa, who put for­ward the orig­i­nal mo­tion for a peace park in 2016, said it would be a spe­cial place for ser­vice men and women who fought in the Viet­namese con­flict.

Me­hdi Ra­sulle’s de­sign for the Koondoola Peace Park.

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