Memorial cairn planned for Kulin Precinct as Shire backs project

Campbell WilliamsonNarrogin Observer
President of the Shire of Kulin, Barry West said the project would recognise the sacrifices of those who had served.
Camera IconPresident of the Shire of Kulin, Barry West said the project would recognise the sacrifices of those who had served. Credit: Cally Dupe/Countryman

A memorial cairn is set to be built in Kulin honouring those who served in wars between 1951 and 1972 with the Shire allocating $1000 of funding to the project at last month’s meeting.

The cairn, planned for Memorial Park in the Kulin War Memorial Precinct, comes at the request of the York sub-branch of the National Service Association with cairns already built by the group in other Wheatbelt towns.

With the project expected to cost about $3000, the group has also sought sponsorship from Bendigo Bank, the Australian Order of the Old Bastards and Kulin Bush Races.

Shire president Barry West said the project would recognise the sacrifices of servicemen and women.

“They’ve put a few in around the place, they’ve put in one around Corrigin and Merredin, that I know of, so we just thought it would be a good idea to have one in Kulin,” he said.

“It’s worthwhile to remember all our soldiers who fought in any conflict in Australia.

“Some of them made the ultimate sacrifice, we just think we should recognise them.”

Speaking to the Observer last Friday, Mr West said the Shire tried to recognise the service of defence personnel on a regular basis.

“I'm actually out at the bush races today and we’ve got Camp Hart here which is a Vietnam Vets camp that they use all year round and it’s an ongoing part of recognition for all our forces,” he said.

“We’ve got an Anzac service before the bush races start ... it’s not only Anzac Day that we recognise in Kulin.”

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