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ANZAC 2015 POPPIES TRIBUTE

05/05/2015

MBG presented two main events for the  Anzac 2015 commemorations.

‘Lest We Forget’ headstones once again looked imposing and impressive in the AEC foyer, and the Town Hall foyer.  Both venues attracted high visitor numbers attending functions over the weekend..

‘Poppies in the Sand’ at Ellen Cove took the form of a map of Australia and New Zealand, filled with nearly all of our 30,000 plastic poppies, planted by the public.  Amazing!  We had learned from our November experience that the local community and visitors really wanted to be involved, so we took the risk of relying on them to come along and do the job, and it paid off. It was also a great community effort to get them all packed up and ready for next year.   Ron Kerruish deserves congratulations for working out how to draw the map, with help from Patti. Additions were made by those who cared – Stewart Island, Rottnest, and King Island appeared!  Thanks to Mayor Dennis Wellington who first suggested that we do the map.

Meanwhile, our chairman Jane Mouritz travelled to Melbourne with a few poppies to add to the huge display of 250,000 at Federation Square.  Our headstones were certainly not needed to swell the numbers, though Jane says they would have looked stunning had we not decided that Albany was a more appropriate location.

So, it’s two down and four to go – three more Anzac Days then the culmination of the WW1 Commemorations on November 11, 2018.

The beginning.  Photo: B Madden

The beginning. Photo: B Madden

Photo: B Madden

Photo: B Madden

Photo: John Forbes www.johnforbes.photo

Photo: John Forbes http://www.johnforbes.photo

Packing up.  Photo: B Madden

Packing up. Photo: B Madden

Nearly there.  Photo: B Madden

Nearly there. Photo: B Madden

Lest We Forget  Installation at AEC. Photo: B Madden

Lest We Forget
Installation at AEC. Photo: B Madden

ENTRY STATEMENT SURVEY

21/03/2015

Many thanks to Chris Gunby for his analysis of the recent survey undertaken by MBG to gather views of local rsidents and businesses about an entry statement for the area. Read Chris’s report summary below:

“A survey of Middleton Beach residents and commercial enterprises was undertaken and confirmed overwhelming support for an entry statemen to the area.  The preferred location was in Eyre Park at the junction of Middleton Beach Rd and Adelaide Crescent.  The proposed use of former town jetty pylons was supported, but there was a desire to see a high quality and professional feature, that considered other materials and had a design relevant to the character of the area.  A variety of other projects were suggested to enhance Middleton Beach”

The full survey results are attached.20 March 15 MB Entry Statement survey results final version

MEETING on MARCH 3rd 2015

17/02/2015
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The next meeting of the Middleton Beach Group will be held in the Three Anchors meeting room on Tuesday March 3rd from 5pm.

If you would like to bring a cuppa to the meeting, order and pay beforehand and the Three Anchors staff will bring it to the meeting room (which they provide free of charge).

Agenda

– Group response to Landcorp Community Consultation for Esplanade site
– Update on community survey re Entry Statemen; suitability of jetty timber for sculpture
– Briefing on process for possible Artificial Reef project.  Julie-Ann Gray, City of Albany
– Poppies in the Sand for Anzac Day at Middleton Beach
` Lest We Forget for Anzac Day in Albany
– Lest We Forget headstones traveling to Melbourne for Anzac Centenary commemorations (Thank you to Great Southern     Fuels for $250 fuel voucher)
– Southern Ports Community Consultation – first meeting report
– other items

Hope to see you there!

2015 A Year of Action Coming Up.

06/02/2015

The first meeting of Middleton Beach Group for 2015  held on 19/1/2015 was well attended.

A number of matters were discussed:-

Coastal Perks Enhancement Plan.  Jacqui Purvis from City of Albany provided an overview of the ten year plan to replace coastal playground and associated leisure/recreation infrastructure at Emu Point, Ellen Cove and Eyre Park.

Middleton Beach Entry Statement. More discussion is needed due to a City of Albany plan to establish generic entry statement guidelines. It was thought that the proposed sculpture using part of old timber jetty would still be acceptable.

Esplanade Site. Proposal to push for removal of wire fence soonest brought some concerns re vandals, rubbish etc but it was generally felt that the symbolic gesture of removing this eyesore should be pursued. M.B.G. offered to help City in managing site.

Lest We Forget.  Three of the headstones will be taken to Melbourne for inclusion in the 5000 poppies project at federation Square for Anzac 2015

Plastic poppies. The existing poppies will be used to create a map of Australia and New Zealand in the sand at Ellen Cove. The outline will be planted by members, the infil will be for the public. A new memory book will be provided.

After the meeting the group shared some drinks and food in a community atmosphere.

Summer sunrise

Summer sunrise

Early morning calm

Early morning calm

HAPPY 2015 from M.B.G. Notice of First Meeting for 2015

14/01/2015

The first meeting of The Middleton Beach Group for 2015 will be;

Monday 19th January,
5.00 pm
Ellen Cove.

Agenda includes discussion of plans for entry statement, esplanade site possible developments, Eyre Park plans and much more.
Come along and join the community group representing the interests of Middleton Beach residents and users._-47

Esplanade Site— Progress at last?

26/11/2014
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After 6 years, some progress for the Esplanade site. The government is purchasing it.

The Middleton Beach Group should discuss our vision for the site at a meeting in January. If there is opportunity for community consultation we want to be involved.
Paul Terry has already offered to be one of our reps in the consultation process.

Remember our Christmas gathering is Tuesday 23rd December at Ellen Cove. 5/5.30 pm sundowner

Everlastings blooming amongst the cement on site

Everlastings blooming amongst the cement on site

pink everlastings improve the site 24/11/2014

pink everlastings improve the site
24/11/2014

Still looking through wire 24/11/2014

Still looking through wire
24/11/2014

desolate site, what will follow?  24/11/2014

desolate site, what will follow? 24/11/2014

Watch this space for new plans, what and how soon?   24/11/2014

Watch this space for new plans, what and how soon? 24/11/2014

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Another View Of Our Poppies

26/11/2014

The attached photo was taken from a fixed wing aircraft, photographer Bill George.

Just another reminder of how special this project was, here viewed with a “bird’s eye view”

photo by Bill George

photo by Bill George