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Appeal launched as Ballarat's Avenue of Honour begins storm damage recovery

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An appeal has been launched to help offset the cost of replacing trees destroyed along Ballarat's Avenue of Honour.

The recent wild weather saw around 50 trees damaged or knocked over with many requiring removal or further assessment.
 
Avenue of Honour Committee President Garry Snowden, said the loss of any tree diminished the Avenue but the loss
of trees planted for those who made the supreme sacrifice was tragic.
 
“Three of those men have no known grave, so their tree and plaque in our Avenue was most likely the nearest they had to a headstone bearing their name. It was a memorial to their service, but also a place where their loved ones could visit to honour their service and mourn their loss.”

“Even in the case of the ten who have a known grave, it was most unlikely that their families could have ever contemplated visiting a grave on the other side of the world, so their tree and plaque in the Avenue became their substitute headstones.," Mr Snowden said.

“We will work closely with Council to ensure that our Avenue is restored and continues to commemorate the service and sacrifice of so many Ballarat citizens.” 
 
You can donate through the City of Ballarat's customer service centre at the Phoenix Building in Armstrong Street South or via direct debit to this bank account BSB: 083 526, Account: 51 924 3834.
 
Donations are tax deductible. 
 
 
 
 
 
Image: Tree 3327 Wallis Hicks / Avenue of Honour Committee