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The Aintree Walk of Honour reflects the spirit of the famous Avenues of Honour to our west, at Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. These great avenues and many other memorials were constructed in the wake of World War 1, as towns and communities struggled to come to terms with the loss of so many of their young men. Grief was on a global scale. Local families and those of remote foes, suffered the same fate.
Our Walk of Honour marks our community’s contribution to the ANZAC Centenary commemoration, spanning the period 2014-18. The ANZAC tradition that was forged on the battlefield at Gallipoli, Turkey has grown to symbolize notions of courage, sacrifice, service and mate-ship, whilst also serving as a graphic reminder of the human cost of an ultimately futile pursuit.
Our Walk includes plaques that in a time-honoured way recognize lost service personnel with a local connection but also includes contemporary interpretations of Australia’s war history from the Boer War until the most recent conflict involving Australian troops. At the eastern end of the walk there is space for conflicts yet to happen; a poignant reminder of the inevitability of future military engagement.
Ours is a whole of community initiative to link wise old minds with younger perspectives and to create of a lasting reflective legacy that speaks the language of young people. This site has a significant and distinct connection with Australia’s military effort and the detail of this connection is expanded upon as you further immerse yourself in the experience via your smartphone. The “torch of remembrance” of sacrifice from our district and beyond, is being passed to the next generation.
We welcome visitors and encourage the establishment or renewal of connections with the military history of our nation by sharing in the stories of those who served, or stayed behind.
The Aintree Walk of Honour was opened on 31 March 2017, in advance of its completion by Remembrance Day 2018. The contribution of the following community groups to the project is gratefully acknowledged:
Caroline Springs and Melton RSL Sub Branches
Melton Family History Group
Melton Historical Society
Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (Vic)
VIEW FROM THE TOP! Check out this aerial of our ever evolving community in our latest drone video - keep an eye out for our August construction update that we will be sharing with you soon.
Registrations for stage 32 - The Frontier Release have booked out in just 30 seconds! Stay tuned for our next release coming soon...
CALLING ALL WOODLEA RESIDENTS (RENTERS INCLUDED)! Did you know we are launching our first ever Spring Gardening Competition? For more info on how you can participate and the EPIC prizes to be won, call us on 1300 966 353 or click here: http://bit.ly/2uNtPvS
We are proud to be working with Cricket Victoria to bring Milo In2Cricket to the kids and families of our area from October 2017! Join us for an information evening at the Woodlea Smart Learning hub on 22nd August @7pm to find out how you can get involved. MILO in2CRICKET The MILO in2CRICKET program teaches girls and boys the skills to play Australia's favourite sport, through fun game based activities. Click here for further info: http://playcricket.com.au/learn/in2cricket#
One of Australia's most successful children's picture book authors Graeme Base has launched a major exhibition of his works at the CS Gallery at Caroline Springs Library! Visitors can enjoy original hand drawn and painted artwork from most beloved books Animalia, The Eleventh Hour and Uno’s Garden. Hurry and check out this not to be missed exhibition.
We are delighted to announce the release of 70 brand new blocks in The Frontier Release, located in an urban pocket of the community - just a stroll to the future town centre. This release features BIGGER blocks up to 836sqm and frontages up to 20m+! Registrations open Saturday 19th August at 12noon. For info on how to register, please contact us on 1300 966 353
Did you know that Woodlea is part of a brand new suburb called AINTREE? City of Melton have been advised by the State Government's Office of Geographic Names, that the new suburbs and changes to existing suburbs are anticipated to come into full effect on 23rd August 2017. Click below to read the full article here.
It was wonderful to see so many committed residents gather for the third Annual Woodlea Community Planting Day at Kororoit Creek on the weekend. Despite some chilly conditions, the team of 50 were able to plant over 500 local indigenous plants, making their personal mark and transforming the landscape! A BIG thank you to everyone who joined and made a special contribution to our community.