Port Pirie Regional Council is about to commence first stage works on the War Graves section of the Port Pirie Cemetery in April 2017.
The works are stages over a period of time to complete and will be finished in 2018.
The works are part of a master plan for maintaining all cemeteries within the Council area.
The works that will be undertaken in the War Graves section for the 2016/2017 financial year include:
• Full length low concrete beams with the bronze plaques will replace single pedestals with a position for a poppy at each plaque.
• New seating
• A white chain fence and a new path to better high light the entrance of the War Graves section of the cemetery.
The following 2017/2018 year the work will continue with the following projects
• Another Lone Pine sapling will be planted
• Maintenance on the central memorial will be completed.
• A new shelter will be built
• New signage with laser cut design will be installed
The War Graves section within the Port Pirie Cemetery is the resting place of those who gave their lives in military service and to those who served in the defence forces during the First World War, Second World War and in other military conflicts.
This section of the cemetery continues to be used as the burial ground for returned servicemen and women and their partners.
During the Second World War the No 2 Bombing and Air Gunnery School of the RAAF was based at Port Pirie and most of the RAAF casualties who died in air training accidents were buried in the War Graves section.
Council will continue to liaise with the local RSL, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the general public regarding the upgrade.