Makeover to mark Gallipoli milestone


Work is well under way to renew the forecourt and gardens in front of the cenotaph in The Square, Palmerston North.

So far, the limestone surface has been removed and replaced with flamed basalt paving stones set into a concrete pad to better match other paving in The Square.

City council leisure asset planner Jeff Baker said the rose gardens either side of the forecourt would be replaced with native plantings, and drainage and edging would be improved. The work, part of the council's capital renewal programme for The Square, has been given priority to ensure the area looks good for next year's Anzac Day centenary event, which commemorates the landing of Anzac troops on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey. The project was running behind an earlier schedule that would have seen work finished this month.

It was started in May, then stopped so there was no disruption during Massey University's graduation celebrations.

Also in anticipation of the Anzac centenary, Veterans' Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse last week announced a $150,000 grant to the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services' Association to help support veterans through district welfare activities.

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