Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

Former Minister for Emergency Services; Fisheries; Corrective Services; Veterans

    Floral tribute to the spirit of our ANZACs

    16/03/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Locally propagated grevillea released for the 2015 Anzac Centenary
    • Plant sale proceeds go to a special RSL-managed Anzac Centenary fund

    A hybrid grevillea boasting lush red flowers has been specially developed at the request of The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) as a tribute to all Australia's fallen.

     

    The "˜RSL Spirit of Anzac Grevillea' was officially launched today by Veterans Minister Joe Francis, who planted one of the hybrids at the State War Memorial in Kings Park.

     

    "The grevillea is a fitting symbol to honour the spirit of the ANZACs and more than 100,000 Australians who lost their lives in conflicts overseas," Mr Francis said.

     

    The Minister said the grevillea was primarily selected for its lush reds flowers, its trans-Australia heritage and the tough geographical conditions in which it grows and thrives.

     

    The plant will be available through the Friends of Kings Park native plant sales and retail outlets across Australia.

     

    Proceeds will go to a special Anzac Centenary fund managed by the RSL of Western Australia.

     

    "This project is a unique opportunity for Australians to buy the plant and grow it as a demonstration of our eternal gratitude to those who have fought and died for our freedom," Mr Francis said.

     

           Fact File

    • The grevillea was propagated by the Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in Kings Park
    • The RSL Spirit of Anzac Grevillea has large red flowers from autumn to summer and is suitable for most Australian climates
    • The hybrid grevillea will be marketed nationally

    Minister's office - 6552 6500