Craigieburn ANZAC Park named to honour our heroes

Hume constructs Craigieburn Park
On the way: Craigieburn ANZAC Park is set to support generations of families. 

Hume City Council will honour Australians who have died or suffered through war as it officially names the site that’s currently known as Craigieburn Park.

Hume Mayor, Councillor Helen Patsikatheodorou, said the 12 hectare area would be called Craigieburn ANZAC Park.

“The title Craigieburn ANZAC Park is dedicated to the men and women who have served our beautiful country on battlefields near and far,” Cr Patsikatheodorou said.

“It’s a very solemn name and I hope it encourages visitors to the park to pause and reflect on the thousands of people who have sacrificed in support of freedom.

“Craigieburn ANZAC Park will accommodate the new Craigieburn War Memorial, which shall include a memorial stone that’s currently situated outside the headquarters of Craigieburn SES.

“The memorial is where people will come before dawn on ANZAC Day for that poignant moment in which we pay our respects.

“It will be a fitting place for ceremonies that remember those who have fought and died in our name, as the guardians of future generations.

“Those brave soldiers gave more than many of us can ever appreciate, and each now belongs to the ages.”

Construction of Craigieburn ANZAC Park commenced in 2015, and Hume City Council has worked closely on the memorial with the Craigieburn War Memorial and Remembrance Committee.

Cr Patsikatheodorou said Craigieburn ANZAC Park was set to be one of Melbourne’s most exciting places.

“It will accommodate a large aquatic and leisure centre, with waterslides, toddler pools and an Olympic-sized 50 metre pool,” she said.

“The centre shall house a very big gym, full of modern equipment and aided by rooms that have been built for group fitness classes.

“Craigieburn ANZAC Park will help local residents to keep fit like never before, thanks to an athletics track and a pavilion.

“The heart of the site will feature a spectacular playground which children of all ages can discover and explore.

“Livvi’s Place shall include shelters and picnic tables, as well as slides, tunnels, swings, bridges, a cubby house and a carousel.”

Craigieburn ANZAC Park will offer spacious parklands and areas for major events, like Hume City Council’s Carols by Candlelight.

Local residents will be able to enjoy the area on foot or with a bicycle, thanks to beautifully landscaped paths.

Cr Helen Patsikatheodorou said the park’s new name had been supported by many people.

“Everyone was encouraged to fill out a survey on Council’s website last year, and most respondents said that they approved of the title Craigieburn ANZAC Park,” she said.

“This will be a place for the families of one of Australia’s fastest growing suburbs, where the population has doubled in the past decade.”

Craigieburn ANZAC Park is situated near Craigieburn Central and the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, and the site will open in stages between November 2016 and the middle of 2017.

The $48.5 million development has been made possible through a partnership between Hume City Council, Australian Government, Victorian Government, Craigieburn Central, Stockland and the Touched by Olivia Foundation.

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Posted on 12:00 AM, 29 June 2016

Updated : 4:52 PM, 29 June 2016

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