Memorial to be a memorable marker
The last stage of the South West Migrant Memorial in Queen’s Gardens was unveiled on November 28 with the addition of the final 200 names.
Now filled with the names of more than 800 people,the memorial site is sure to be a favourite with migrants past and present as a place to reflect.
South West Migrant Memorial president Lui Tuia acknowledged the efforts of the South West Migrant Memorial committee in the past 12 years to get the project to fruition.
“My heart is immensely proud of the community for getting together and for all the cultures coming together of the 18 to 20 nationality’s here on this memorial,” he said.
“We feel as a committee we have achieved our aim to make something very worthwhile for people to come and reflect at.”
Mr Tuia said the work done by the prisoners at the Bunbury Regional Prison helped to make the memorial a reality.
Bunbury Regional Prison superintendent Kerri Bishop said the prison helped out in the community where possible and the memorial was a fine example of that.
“When we were approached about this project three years ago, I jumped at the opportunity because the whole community has benefited from it,” she said.
Project manager Charlie Martella said there was enormous support from the City of Bunbury for the project and any leftover funds would go to the council for the continued upkeep of the memorial.
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