In the spirit of ANZAC day our Citywide crews worked closely with local council and Victoria Police to guarantee the success of the parade and the upgrade of a local community shrine.
Crowds were treated to blue skies this year as they flocked to the ANZAC day parade at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance with Citywide once again providing crucial support for one of Australia’s most auspicious days.
Melbourne’s Open Space crews ensure the grounds of the Shrine of Remembrance are always kept to a high standard, regardless of the time of year. In the weeks leading up to the parade special attention is paid to the area to ensure it is of impeccable quality and ready for the scores of people who came to pay their respects.
Behind the scenes on the day, Citywide traffic services worked closely with Victoria Police to ensure the crowds were managed safely and the entire parade went off without a hitch.
Our dedicated Citywide employees over at Traffic and Infrastructure were there from 330am and stayed until 4pm. Traffic and Event Team Leader, Penny Pananis said the team worked hard throughout the morning to ensure everything went smoothly.
This year, Citywide worked closely with the City of Whittlesea and the Whittlesea Branch of the RSL to upgrade the township’s war memorial.
The two-week project was managed by Citywide’s Project Manager Long Trang and involved collaboration from Citywide’s Infrastructure and Open Space division.
The crews worked hard to build the memorial’s bluestone wall, resizing the granite blocks, lay new bluestone pavers, upgrade garden beds, repaint the arch and install new plaques for the shrine. The bluestones used were salvaged from old bridge abutments and the fragility of the stones meant it was crucial that extra care was taken in the instalment.
Long said he was pleased with the successful outcome of the project, and was happy to be involved with a community installation for the local council.
“The RSL were happy to see such a good end product,” said Long. “Hopefully this is the start of a strong future relationship”.
The local Whittlesea community holds their shrine in great value, and the successful completion of the works has ensured they have a place to pay their respects for generations to come.