Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - DANNI SHAF SHAFIK

THE Thuringowa Ceno­taph is set to move to a new site at River­way, pro­vid­ing more space and bet­ter pub­lic ac­cess for An­zac Day and com­mem­o­ra­tive events.

Townsville City Coun­cil’s Com­mu­nity and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment com­mit­tee has backed a re­port rec­om­mend­ing the move af­ter the for­mer Thuringowa coun­cil site, near where the ceno­taph is now lo­cated, was sold ear­lier this year.

Com­mit­tee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said the new site at Pioneer Park would be cen­trally lo­cated be­tween Tony Ire­land Sta­dium and the River­way Arts Cen­tre to of­fer more room and con­ve­nience for An­zac Day ser­vices and marches.

“Coun­cil has worked closely with the RSL and other com­mu­nity groups … to en­sure the re­lo­ca­tion and the site has the broad sup­port of ev­ery­one in­volved,” she said.

Thuringowa RSL pres­i­dent Jim Lang­ham ( pic­tured) said the group was happy with the new lo­ca­tion.

“We get 2000 to 3000 peo­ple com­ing out for morn­ing and dawn ser­vice and Pioneer Park will have more than enough space,” he said.

The com­mit­tee’s rec­om­men­da­tion will go to a full coun­cil meet­ing on Au­gust 29.

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