Kings­ley Peace Precinct sod turn­ing

Cooper’s re­quest takes root

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Tyler Brown

A VI­SION to cre­ate a place for quiet re­flec­tion among bush­land in Kings­ley took a step for­ward with an of­fi­cial sod turn­ing cer­e­mony last week.

Two years ago, the City of Joondalup re­ceived a pro­posal from the late Brian Cooper re­quest­ing part of Lot 971 (52) Cre­aney Drive be used as a com­mem­o­ra­tive peace precinct.

Ear­lier this year, the coun­cil ap­proved list­ing $15,000 in the draft 2018-19 cap­i­tal works pro­gram for the de­sign, con­struc­tion and in­stal­la­tion of plinths to form the precinct.

Rep­re­sent­ing her hus­band, Rita Cooper joined Mayor Al­bert Jacob and coun­cil­lors John Ch­ester and John Lo­gan, Colin Heap from Kings­ley-Wood­vale Lions Club and Kings­ley and Green­wood Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent So­nia Makoare to mark the mile­stone on Oc­to­ber 18.

Once work is com­pleted, the precinct will have four plinths with com­mem­o­ra­tive plaques and three benches.

The plaques will be ded­i­cated to vol­un­teers, ser­vice per­son­nel and an­i­mals, in recog­ni­tion of the sac­ri­fices they have made for their coun­try, civil­ians who lost their lives or were in­jured in nat­u­ral and man­made dis­as­ters, and the re­mem­brance of fam­ily, friends and pets, past and present.

Mr Jacob said it was fan­tas­tic to see Mr Cooper’s vi­sion “fi­nally come to fruition”.

“The Kings­ley Peace Precinct will of­fer the res­i­dents of Kings­ley and sur­round­ing sub­urbs a place of tran­quil­lity to en­joy on the edge of Kings­ley Park,” he said.

He said it would also be­come a more ac­ces­si­ble al­ter­na­tive venue for older res­i­dents liv­ing in the south­ern part of the City, who wanted to pay their re­spects on An­zac Day and Re­mem­brance Day without hav­ing to travel to ser­vices in Ocean Reef and Joondalup.

Work is ex­pected to be com­pleted by Novem­ber 11 for the cen­te­nary of Armistice Day.

Fund­ing for the project has in­cluded do­na­tions from the Kings­ley-Wood­vale Lions Club and the Aus­tralian Lions Foun­da­tion.

A grant ap­pli­ca­tion has been made to the De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs.

Cr John Ch­ester, Kings­ley Green­wood As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent So­nia Makoare, Rita Cooper, Cr John Lo­gan, Mayor Al­bert Jacob, Mary Read­ing, and Colin Heap of Kings­ley-Wood­vale Lions Club. 487549

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