AN AMBITIOUS project to upgrade the existing Wall of Honour in the Memorial Gardens beside the Bass Highway at Grantville could be the key to increasing visitor numbers to the region.
The project is instigated by the Bass Valley Friends of the RSL and funded by grants from the Commonwealth of Australia represented by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Bendigo Community Bank to commemorate the centenary of Armistice Day and the end of World War I.
The aim of the project is to celebrate the diverse range of campaigns fought by Australians from 1914 to 1918.
Images produced will include the Australian Light Horse, the 1st Imperial Camel Corp, and the Australian Navy, Infantry and Flying Corp as well as the valiant work done by Australian Nurses.
Aimed at highlighting significant military events while honouring the courageous service men and women who fought for our freedom and quality of life when Australia entered the First World War, the plan is to create a bright and colourful mural, designed by artist Janice Orchard, of selected images reproduced in glass mosaic tiles on the Wall of Honour.
Members of the community will be encouraged to actively participate in the construction of the mural and free workshops will be run to teach the skills necessary for cutting and placing the coloured glass tiles in position within the design.
“This would be a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to learn the art of mosaics, and people with some experience would also be most welcome to come and help out with the project.,” Janice said.
All work on the mural will be supervised by Janice Orchard, the project coordinator who has previous experience having designed and supervised the glass tiled murals in front of the library in Inverloch as part of the Rotary Clock Tower installation.
A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at the Grantville Hall on Saturday, October 13 at 2pm.
Anyone who would like to participate in the creation of this historic mural is welcome to attend.
Afternoon tea will be served so for catering purposes please contact Trish Thick on 0409 851 599 or Janice Orchard on 0419 301 363 if you plan to be there.