Wynyard RSL to dedicate murals to all who served our country

Branch secretary Trevor Duniam said the panels would be dedicated to the memory of all who served in the Australian Defence Force.

“Each panel represents a mosaic of hundreds and thousands of images of men and women who served in the armed forces,” he said.

The 10 panels are printed on aluminium composite and highlight different aspects of Australia’s military, from women and aboriginal soldiers to service dogs who aid with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The Wynyard RSL sub-branch’s project was inspired by the murals in front of Woolworths on Goldie Street.

“We had a big blank canvas of brick walls and we wanted to improve the streetscape,” Mr Duniam said.

The Tasmanian Community Fund contributed a $12,400 for the project.

The Waratah-Wynyard Council committed a $2000 community activation grant.

The sub-branch raised the funds to cover the remainder of the cost.

Ulverstone artist Jenny Archer was commissioned to design the murals for the site.

The large photographs are comprised of smaller photographs of service men and women.

“We’ve had lot of very positive feedback from locals as well as visitors to the area,” Mr Duniam said.

The murals will be officially opened on Saturday, June 1, starting with a parade in Goldie Street at 3.45pm.

The Tasmanian members of the Australian Army Band will lead the parade.

The dedication service will begin at 4pm and Veterans’ Affairs minister Guy Barnett will be the guest speaker.

Afternoon tea will be available after the service with meals available from 5pm at the Barracks.

The Australian Army Band will stay at Wynyard for a concert at the Wynyard RSL function room from 7pm.

Entry costs $5 with proceeds to go to veterans’ welfare support services.

Mr Duniam said it was fitting that the band be at the event as two of the mural panels depicted members of the Australian Army Band.

The sub-branch secretary said Gavin Pearce would be stepping down from the role of president following his election to the House of Representatives.

However, Mr Duniam was confident there would be someone to take up the leadership role.

“We’ve got a lot of new members, younger blokes taking an interest,” he said.

“We like to keep people involved and keep [the RSL] alive and I’m sure it will go from strength to strength.”

Goldie Street, Wynyard will be closed from 3.30pm on Saturday, June 1 to allow the parade to start at 3.45pm.


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