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26 May, 2023

Eternal flame to burn bright once again

An eternal flame will finally light up again at the Coo-ee Memorial Park archway near the Coo-ee Heritage Centre (CHC), after several months without one.

By Emily Middleton

A grant to redo the archway was received by the Gilgandra RSL sub-branch last year, after the old wooden one became quite dilapidated.

The new archway was put up by Gilmour Engineering, but the eternal flame that used to sit above went missing in the changeover.

“We have been looking at different ways we could have a light up there, and with the support of the council and the community, we finally have one up,” said president of the local RSL sub-branch, Anne Hall.

Local artist Joe Shaloub made a light with techniques used in his glasswork, and a small solar system keeps the flame alight.

Mrs Hall and the entire sub-branch is grateful to the Gilgandra Shire Council and the Gilgandra community for the support of the memorial archway. The important piece of Gilgandra’s history being honored will now be complete.

Mrs Hall also wanted to thank all community members who supported the ANZAC Day badge sales, stating the support of the sub-branch from the community is beyond amazing.

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