Dim­boola war memo­rial reded­i­ca­tion

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Dim­boola War Memo­rial Av­enue of Hon­our will be sub­ject to reded­i­ca­tion af­ter a restora­tion pro­ject.

Dim­boola RSL Sub-branch and Dim­boola Memo­rial Sec­ondary Col­lege have been work­ing on the fouryear Av­enue of Hon­our Restora­tion pro­ject, which will cul­mi­nate with the un­veil­ing of a new in­ter­pre­tive board.

The Sun­day reded­i­ca­tion will be on Oc­to­ber 13.

Dim­boola’s of­fi­cial war memo­rial is Dim­boola Memo­rial Sec­ondary Col­lege, DMSC, in Eller­man Street, which opened in May 1924.

The col­lege is the only school in Vic­to­ria listed as a war memo­rial.

Work­ers have cre­ated a land­scaped com­mem­o­ra­tive site over­look­ing the col­lege’s ‘av­enue’ and across a sports oval to­wards the Sol­diers Memo­rial Hall.

A bench seat has been in­stalled along­side the in­ter­pre­tive board.

Col­lege stu­dents were in­volved with prepa­ra­tion of the site.

The in­ter­rup­tive board will be un­veiled by four peo­ple with DMSC con­nec­tions, rang­ing from the el­derly to a cur­rent stu­dent. RSL Vic­to­ria state pres­i­dent Dr Rob Web­ster OAM will lead the reded­i­ca­tion.

Re­tired War­rackn­abeal Unit­ing Church min­is­ter Wal­ter Sholl, a DMSC alumni and ex-army pho­tog­ra­pher, will lead the cer­e­mony.

Vic­to­rian Av­enues of Hon­our his­to­rian Dr Michael Taffe of Bal­larat will be a spe­cial guest.

The restora­tion of the av­enue started in 2016 fol­low­ing a 2015 in­spec­tion by ar­borist Ted Brown.

Mr Brown said ‘dieback’ had been a crit­i­cal is­sue for the fu­ture of the av­enue’s Mallee trees, na­tive to Western Aus­tralia.

The trees were also im­ped­ing the progress of re­place­ment spot­ted gum trees, planted in 2012.

A two-stage re­plant­ing pro­gram started with 15 Mur­ray Bridge yel­low gums re­plac­ing the former trees and con­tin­ued as stage two with 20 more re­place­ment trees, also dwarf yel­low gums.

Pro­ject co-or­di­na­tor Charles Rees said he had been im­pressed with the progress of the re­stored av­enue.

He thanked ev­ery­one who had helped in the pro­ject, which he said stood as a liv­ing memo­rial to Dim­boola ca­su­al­ties in First and Sec­ond World and Korean wars.

Mr Rees said any­one keen to at­tend the cer­e­mony, at 1.30pm for a 2pm start, could con­tact him on 0438 416 667.

He urged peo­ple to call to en­sure there were enough pro­grams avail­able and suf­fi­cient af­ter­noon tea to cater for the his­toric oc­ca­sion.

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