Hon Joe Francis MLA

Hon Joe Francis MLA

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

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Rest stop project honours gallant servicemen

    20/04/2016 12:00 PM
    • Highway plaques to honour Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients 

    The service and sacrifice of Western Australia's Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients will be remembered in perpetuity with each recipient being commemorated at highway rest stops south of Perth.


    Veterans Minister Joe Francis said the project, similar to Remembrance Driveway on the Federal  and Hume highways between Sydney and Canberra, would see plaques honouring WA's 17 Victoria Cross and two George Cross recipients placed at rest areas on highways leading to Albany.


    "The rest stops will be on Albany Highway between Perth and Albany and along South Western Highway between Pinjarra and Kirup," Mr Francis said.


    The plaques will be installed at rest stops in chronological order, starting with the South Western Highway (Frederick Bell VC).  Each will contain a short biography of the recipient and part of their citation as gazetted.


    "While the Victoria Cross is awarded for extreme gallantry in the face of the enemy, the George Cross - open to service personnel and civilians - was instituted to recognise extreme bravery that did not involve contact with the enemy.


    "The series of plaques will be called Commemoration Way, and will be rolled out between Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, 2016."


    The Department of Corrective Services will provide a work party of minimum security (Section 95) prisoners to install the plaques.


    Transport Minister Dean Nalder said he was pleased to have Main Roads Western Australia involved in the Centenary of Anzac initiative.


    "Servicemen and servicewomen past and present have contributed so much to the way of life we enjoy today and this project helps ensure that is something we never forget," Mr Nalder said.


    Fact File

    Veterans Minister's office - 6552 6500

    Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400


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