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Project To Bring History to Light in Anzac Park

Mareeba Shire Council wishes to advise residents of the temporary closure of Anzac Park, Mareeba from Monday, 1 May 2023 to the start of August 2023, weather permitting. The park will be closed after Anzac Day and will re-open in time for Vietnam Veteran’s Day in August.

The closure marks the start of a project to renew Anzac Park and Mareeba RSL Sub-Branch President, Ross Cuzzubbo, is looking forward to the result.

“The upgrade will add greater relevance to the memorial events held at the Cenotaph in the park, such as Remembrance Day and Anzac Day, and will be of great benefit to the public as well,” Mr Cuzzubbo said.

Mareeba Shire has multiple war memorial sites, displays and historical places of interest which honour those in our community who served Australia. Anzac Park, Mareeba is close to home for the Mareeba RSL Sub-Branch, and we look forward to the upgrades in the park.”

Mareeba Shire Council Mayor Angela Toppin explains, “Council recognised the need to revitalise the park. The parkland will incorporate up-lighting to highlight some of the features including the cannons and the trees.”

“Further work includes removal of the fountain and footpath and planting of additional trees.”

“Importantly, the project will see the addition of a named archway at the rear of the park”, Mayor Angela Toppin said.

Mareeba Chamber of Commerce President, Joe Moro, said, “The changes to the park, especially the addition of lights and fencing, will make for a safer park for all and I look forward to the completed project.”

“Businesses in Mareeba’s CBD have been asking for changes to improve safety and reduce anti-social behaviour in the main street, and the revitalisation of Anzac Park should contribute to these aims.”

Mayor Toppin said, “We are looking forward to the result of the project and believe that the ‘new-look’ park will be a fitting centrepiece in the town. It will be the perfect location to commemorate the service of men and women from the Mareeba Shire.”

“Council has reached out to business owners who are in proximity to the park to advise them about the upcoming project as it will affect pedestrian movements at the site. Signs will be installed to advise of the changes,” Mayor Angela Toppin concluded.

Work will commence on Monday, 1 May 2023 and will be completed at the start of August 2023, weather permitting. The park will be closed for the duration of the works.

Mareeba Shire Council appreciates your patience during this project. For further information, please phone Council on 1300 308 461.