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THE Park of the Aus­tralian Sol­dier fea­tures a dra­matic, life-sized bronze sculp­ture by Peter Cor­lett of a Light Horse­man leap­ing a sand­bagged po­si­tion as he lies close to the horse’s neck and grips a bay­o­net. The park has been cre­ated by the Pratt Foun­da­tion in co-op­er­a­tion with the Beer­sheba Mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

An­other project in de­vel­op­ment is the Anzac Trail, a 60km route that fol­lows the approach march of the Light Horse­man and the route of the charge. Al­though much of the area has been built up in the in­ter­ven­ing years, signs, trail mark­ings and au­dio posts re­lat­ing to the bat­tle will en­able re-cre­ation of those events.

Vis­i­tors will be able to do the trail by foot or ve­hi­cle. The project is spon­sored by the Jewish Na­tional Fund Aus­tralia, which sup­ports en­vi­ron­men­tal projects in Is­rael. Still in the plan­ning stage with Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties, the first four of about 22 sta­tions along the trail are to be ready in


Is­rael Travel Cen­tre, a di­vi­sion of Jet­set Rose Bay and an of­fi­cial part­ner of the Is­raeli Min­istry of Tourism, spe­cialises in travel to Is­rael. All-in­clu­sive hol­i­day op­tions in­clude Anzac Day and Beer­sheba Light Horse tours, which fea­ture dawn ser­vice on Mount Sco­pus in Jerusalem and Anzac war sites and memo­ri­als, in­clud­ing the new Park of the Aus­tralian Solider in Beer­sheba. In 2009, tour dates are April 24 to May 4. More: (02) 9371 8166;­rael­trav­el­cen­

Trib­ute: Richard Pratt, left, and Shi­mon Peres

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