National Lifesaving Memorial One Step Closer

Randwick City Council has recommenced construction on a national memorial for fallen lifesavers at Coogee Beach in another step towards the highly anticipated official unveiling in late April.

The memorial includes an iconic bronze sculpture featuring a lifesaver and a soldier, terraced seating area, and native landscaping. It will be located overlooking the southern part of Coogee Beach. Internationally renowned sculptor Alan Somerville – perhaps best know for his bronze sculpture of an Anzac soldier on the Anzac Bridge – is producing the stunning artwork.

Randwick City Mayor, Scott Nash – a member of the project trust – says the memorial serves as national recognition of the sacrifice made by surf lifesavers across the country.

“There were more than 20 Surf Life Saving Clubs in Australia at the outbreak of World War I, and when the call went out for volunteers, a significant number of these volunteer club members signed up to defend our great nation and the many freedoms we are able to enjoy today.

“This memorial will be a dignified place of reflection to honour fallen lifesavers from around our nation, at a beautiful place, looking out to Coogee Beach, for the whole community to enjoy,” the Mayor said.

The memorial development has been led by the ‘Trust for Fallen Lifesavers Memorial’ with representatives from local, state and federal governments as well as Surf Lifesaving Australia, Surf Life Saving NSW, the RSL and the Australian Defence Force. The memorial is expected to be completed and opened to the public by the end of April 2014.

Tue 11 Feb 2014