Our Memorial has suffered from neglect for far too long, and it was overdue for a major repair job - very competently overseen by our Parks and Reserves Manager Derek Thompson.
But the final touch only resulted following a magnificent gesture by Adrian Catran and Shaun Richards to fund and install new LED lighting - this involved a new computerised switchboard that can can provide any number of lighting combinations for various occasions, but tonight it is white, followed by by poppy red at 5.30am as a magnificent tribute to our fallen.
I look forward to being present for the dedication this evening with Chaplain Harvey Dalton, Mayor Sandra Goudie and Captain Russell Skeet doing the honours. It is incredibly important that the outstanding contribution and sacrifice made by people from this town to the prosecution of the two World Wars in particular, but not exclusively.
I applaud the actions of Adrian and Shaun who have led the way in making the modernisation of our Memorial a reality. Certain people always appear willing to put their hands in their pockets for good causes without seeking recognition. These guys fit that mould - good on them!