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Avenue needs guardians

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July 18, 2017

Nominations are being sought for the Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue advisory group after its recent formation.

Greater Shepparton City Council is looking for people to join the Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue advisory committee.

The council is seeking nominations from those interested in maintaining, enhancing and conserving the cultural heritage and environmental values of the avenue.

According to a council spokesperson, the integrity of the avenue has suffered in recent years.

‘‘Sections are heavily degraded with missing trees, areas with significant regrowth of native and non-native vegetation and areas where weed species have taken hold,’’ the spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the memorial avenue was planted between 1945 and 1949 as a living memorial to all local servicemen who did not return from World War II.

‘‘The avenue consists of more than 2400 trees over a length of nearly 20km along the Goulburn Valley Hwy,’’ the spokesperson said.

‘‘(It) is the grandest and largest of the Second World War commemorative plantings in Victoria and is important for its use of only Australian native trees.’’

The advisory committee will be responsible for investigating possible funding opportunities for any conservation works.

The council spokesperson said the committee had representatives from seven member organisations and the council.

‘‘It also has three community representative positions for members of the community; the community representative positions are voting members of the committee and are appointed for a two-year term,’’ they said.

Appointments to the committee will start in September with a likely three to four meetings each year.

Nomination forms are available on Greater Shepparton City Council’s website at www. greatershepparton.com.au or in the foyer of the council’s offices at 90 Welsford St, Shepparton; also at Mooroopna Library, 9-11 Morrell St, Mooroopna; Shepparton Library, 41-42 Marungi St, Shepparton; and Tatura Library, 12-16 Casey St, Tatura.

Nominations close at 5pm on Friday, August 4.

For more information or to register your interest in joining the committee, phone Michael MacDonagh on 58329730 or email [email protected] shepparton.vic.gov.au

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