Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden

On Remembrance Day I was proud to open the newly established Mannerim Memorial Indigenous Garden. The garden and memorial is on the site of the former memorial hall built in 1923 to commemorate those from that community who fell in World War I. The Bellarine Landcare Group has worked in close partnership with the site trustee, Gordon Dodson, Bellarine police and the wider community on establishing the memorial garden. In 2016 the Victorian government provided a grant of $5000 towards the work, and this year $8800 came from the council.

The official opening of the memorial garden commenced with the welcome to country and smoking ceremony led by Corrina Eccles. Police chaplain John Minotti blessed the site, and trooping in the flag were Lisa and George Coleman of the Creswick Light Horse Troop, who handed the flag to Colin Cairns of the Queenscliff-Point Lonsdale RSL. I want to thank in particular Jim Mason from the Landcare group, who is now a recently elected councillor, for the thousands of hours he put in and the local police that put in hundreds of volunteer hours, particularly Sergeant Grant Langmaid. Congratulations to all.