Preserving wartime heritage

Preserving wartime heritage

Federal Member for Gippsland, Darren Chester, has allocated $4000 to Jarrahmond Landcare Group to further protect its historic Avenue of Honour.

In his role as Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Mr Chester granted the funding to the Landcare group to help protect the avenue planted in remembrance of locals who served in World War I and World War II.

Mr Chester visited the site on B Road to see the work already undertaken to acknowledge the wartime sacrifice of the local community.

“The Jarrahmond Landcare Group and the local community have been working hard to maintain the avenue of oak, cherry and peach trees planted more than 60 years ago,” Mr Chester said.

“This funding will go towards further landscaping work and new fencing to further protect the avenue, which is heritage listed.”

The avenue was planted on land linking the farms of Fairleigh and Greendale, which were home to two servicemen who died during the Second World War, John ‘Mac’ Russell and William ‘Bill’ Lynn.

The Jarrahmond Landcare Group successfully applied for the funding through the Saluting Their Service commemorations program. The program supports projects that preserve Australia’s wartime heritage and involve people in projects or activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women.

PICTURED: Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Darren Chester, (third from right) with Peter and Jeanette Honey, of Jarrahmond Landcare Group, and East Gippsland Shire mayor, Cr Natalie O’Connell, discuss the plans for the Avenue of Honour at Jarrahmond. (PS)