New feature at Memorial Hill

A new feature has been installed at Memorial Hill - a World War II Bofurs anti aircraft gun.

The gun takes pride of place overlooking the view to the east of Parkes. 

It is part of a project to upgrade and rejuvenate the War Memorial and surrounds, overseen by the Memorial Hill Lookout and Rejuvenation Committee created in July 2013.

The committee has identified a series of works for the area including:  

* Cutting back trees to provide a 360 degrees view.    

* Improving walking tracks

* Providing information signage on the history of Memorial Hill

* Providing plaques with historical information

* Updating the current directional information plinth to include Northparkes Mines and Mugincoble as well as other locations

* Creating "Theatres of War" Garden

Residents may recall the gun was previously situated at Bushman's Dam before being relocated to the Parade Ground at the Army Reserve Barracks in Thornbury Street. 

With the recent closure of the barracks, council accepted an offer for the gun to form part of the Memorial Hill works. 

A second artillery piece was also offered to council and will eventually join the Bofurs Gun on display at Memorial Hill. 

“The committee, which comprises Parkes Shire councillors and staff, community members and representatives from the RSL Sub Branch, Rotary, Parkes Historical Society, Northparkes Mines, Landcare and the Action Club are to be congratulated for their work in rejuvenating and adding additional features to this important memorial,” Shire General Manager, Kent Boyd said.

“The Bofurs gun particularly is a fitting feature for the site.”

The project has also been supported by local businesses who have contributed to fund raising efforts and by Northparkes Mines and other community groups including Landcare, whose volunteers have spent many hours landscaping and constructing stairs and walkways. 

Other works completed at the site include the installation of rock gabion baskets for the Theatres of War Garden.

The Theatres of War Garden and other outstanding works are all scheduled for completion before Anzac Day 2015.

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