Vandals damage memorial

A noticeboard at the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Avenue of honour was vandalised.

Vandals have damaged a noticeboard on the Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Avenue of Honour.

The noticeboard at a small station hut at the Curlewis station rest area on the Bellarine Rail Trail contained a list of veterans’ names and their assigned tree so that their relatives could easily find the allocated tree.

It is not the first time the site has been vandalised.

About eight months ago vandals covered the board with spray paint.

The damage was discovered on Anzac Day by one of the volunteers that looks after the area .

The Avenue of Honour has 238 members who were assigned trees.

The Ocean Grove Barwon Heads RSL Avenue of honour began from a meeting with the City of Greater Geelong in 2002 requesting a portion of the Rail Trail to start an Avenue of Honour for our deceased members.

A volunteer group named The Friends of the Bellarine Rail Trail had recently formed with plans to completely revegetating with native vegetation the pathway that stretches from Geelong to Queenscliff along the old train line.

It was agreed that a section just before Curlewis Rd – Bellarine Hwy intersection would be ideal and since then volunteer workers from The Friends of the Rail Trail have planted well in excess of 200 yellow box gums.

Suitable signage clearly marks the area, and is a fitting tribute to each of our former service members to whom on their death are each designated a tree.

A Gallipoli pine was added at the entrance of the avenue on 15 April 2011 as a further tribute to the men and women who gave their lives for their country.

Anyone with information about the damage can call Crimestoppers on 1300 333 000.