A WAR Memorial will be constructed in Chidlow this year after funding from multiple organisations, including Shire of Mundaring, was recently secured.
Shire President David Lavell said the Chidlow Progress Association had driven the project, which is estimated to cost approximately $32,000.
“The War Memorial will be located on the Village Green and will acknowledge the military history of the area and the 60,000 troops who spent time at the Chidlow Army Camps during WWII.
“2016 Anzac Day services were expanded significantly in Chidlow and following the enthusiastic response from the community a RSL Sub Branch was finalised in November.
“The Shire is proud to support this project as our local history is important to preserve and this will provide a place for locals and visitors to pay their respects to those who have fought for our country.”
Cr Lavell said the Shire had commenced preliminary works, with the project expected to be finalised by April.
“A small presentation was held on Sunday 8 January in Chidlow to celebrate the start of the project and securing of the funds,” he said.
“The Shire is contributing funds and in kind donations such as site preparation, fencing and electrical works.
“We look forward to the project being finished in time for ANZAC Day commemorations.”
The Shire is contributing a total of $10,000 and Lotterywest $15,000. The remainder is funded by Chidlow Progress Association and donations from the community via fundraisers.