Memorial Site in Watson

Media Release

19 June 2014

Joint Media Release

National Capital Authority and Shane Rattenbury, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services

The ACT Government and National Capital Authority have recently completed an upgrade to a park in Watson that has long recognised the sacrifice made by those who have served and died for our country in war.

The Apex Memorial and Junior Farmers Memorial, which will be renamed Valour Park, has now been revitalised and made more accessible with improved landscape amenity for residents and visitors.

ìOriginally constructed in 1961, the Apex Memorial commemorates the 76 Apexians who died in World War II. The site also includes the Junior Farmers Memorial, a memorial to young farmers who died in service to Australia,î NCA Chief Executive Malcolm Snowsaid.

ìThe completed upgrade includes refurbishment of the original Apex Memorial with the addition of a new seat, steel sculpture and commemorative paving. The Junior Farmers Memorial has also been updated with a new seat and stone surround.

ìThe $340,000 upgrade works were funded by the National Capital Authority, with works to the park itself undertaken by Territory and Municipal Services. This project is a great example of the ACT and Australian Governments working together to continue to recognise people from the Canberra community who served and died for their country.î

Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, said that the construction works have made the park more accessible which will hopefully encourage people to use the space and view the revitalised commemorative memorials.

ìThe park improvement works involved converting a barbeque space into a paved seating area and providing a new shade shelter with picnic setting,î Minister Rattenbury said.

ìThe existing vehicle access track has also been reconstructed as a more accessible pedestrian thoroughfare. Other works comprised horticultural maintenance including tree pruning and removing weeds, old fences and a redundant shed.

ìThis upgrade builds on existing features of the park and special attention was given to protect the endangered Hoary Sunray daisy (Leucochrysum albicans), which grows naturally in the area. A new entrance with flanking stone walls was created off Tay Street to allow for easy access for residents. Low stone walls, with new signage highlight areas where the Hoary Sunray is established.