White­field ceme­tery ro­tunda takes shape

Wangaratta Chronicle - - What’s On - BY ANITA MCPHER­SON am­cpher­son@ ne­me­dia.com.au

THE in­stal­la­tion of a ro­tunda at the White­field Ceme­tery in the King Valley is get­ting much closer, with the im­pres­sive look­ing struc­ture cur­rently un­der con­struc­tion in the en­gi­neer’s shed.

The White­field Ceme­tery Trust en­gaged Global Fac­tory Main­te­nance in Wodonga to build the at­trac­tive me­mo­rial, which was de­signed to pro­vide a place for vis­i­tors to con­gre­gate if they chose to hold an on-site ser­vice, and as a way to pay trib­ute to the many na­tion­al­i­ties and cul­tures who have contribute­d to make the King Valley com­mu­nity what it is to­day.

Trust mem­ber Marco Martinelli, who has been cham­pi­oning the pro­ject, said he was im­pressed by the sheer size of the struc­ture and the way it has come to­gether.

He said he was de­lighted the com­pany had agreed to take on the pro­ject, meet­ing the trust’s lim­ited bud­get while not cut­ting any cor­ners when it came to a qual­ity prod­uct.

“It is cer­tainly not a sim­ple job, with en­gi­neers hav­ing de­signed the pro­ject, but it looks great, is well fin­ished and very pro­fes­sional,” he said.

“Benches will go on after the ro­tunda is erected at the ceme­tery.”

Mr Martinelli said the struc­ture will be sand blasted, primed and then painted, with concrete to be poured on site near the front gates of the ceme­tery in mid to late June.

It’s hoped that weather per­mit­ting, the ro­tunda should be com­pleted by the end of July.

The pro­ject was made pos­si­ble thanks to grants from the Ru­ral City of Wan­garatta’s ma­jor com­mu­nity grants pro­gram, and the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices.

UN­DER CON­STRUC­TION: White­field Ceme­tery Trust mem­ber Marco Martinelli and Global Fac­tory Main­te­nance’s Chris O’bree in­spect the ceme­tery ro­tunda which is near­ing com­ple­tion.

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