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ANZAC Day in Greensborough

Many braved the wet weather for ANZAC Day services at Greensborough War Memorial Park today. Led by the magnificent Watsonia RSL Pipes and Drums, (see them here,) the ANZAC Day parade left from just outside Greensborough RSL and marched to the Park for a moving service amongst the trees.
After the service, back the the RSL Club Colin James, Arts Officer with Banyule City Council and Amanda Gibson, Lead Artist for the Homefront project, (pictured right with Lee Webb, President of Greensborough RSL,) met with veterans. We spoke to them about the removal of the current sculptures in the park and the plans to replace them with new sculptures; as well an introducing the newly-launched Homefront website. Many people were kind enough to share some of their stories of war as well as memories and observations of the Park.

The website will be a place where everyone can view the design and production of the new sculptures; as well as functioning as an archive of local stories and of images of the current pieces in the Park. We’re looking for stories (and photos if you have them,) from veterans and relatives of veterans to have as part of this online archive. The stories and images will help the artists in the design of the new replacement sculptures.

We’ve got a couple of writing workshops coming up for people who would like some help putting their experiences into words.

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Chainsaws and Blacksmiths in the Park

On 28 August, 2016 the sound of hammers and chainsaws resounded through Greensborough War Memorial Park. What was happening? Curious residents opened their doors to the sight of blacksmiths swinging hammers, a large wooden frog being carved with a chainsaw and people serving tea and scones. As well as local veterans and residents, the event even attracted dog walkers and the odd Pokemon Go enthusiast.

Mayor Tom Melican and Cr Mark Di Pasquale spoke movingly about the importance of a new project that would see the replacement of the much loved sculptures that sat on the site. The launch of the Homefront project starts the discussion about what will stand in their place.

Representatives of the Greensborough RSL and Austin Health rubbed shoulders with local artists Leigh Conkie (chainsaw carver,) Roland Dannanhauer and Steve Nicoll (blacksmiths,) and Amanda Gibson, (designer.) Stories of the existing sculptures and their importance were shared over a cuppa as well as discussions on the creative possibilities of the future. This is the start of a unique and exciting project, designing and creating new sculptures; continuing the legacy of having a special and meaningful place in the park.