Anzac Memorial Picket Fence Update
At the end of March 2016 the AUFC/AUCC Anzac Memorial Group has now raised approximately $12,000 towards the Adelaide University Oval Anzac Memorials. This total includes a grant of $1,504.03 from the Government of South Australia Anzac Day Commemoration Fund which contributed to the unveiling last Anzac Day of the bronze plaque located on the grandstand (pictured above). We gratefully acknowledge this grant.
The next stage of the Anzac Memorial Project to recognise the individual players of the football and cricket club who served in the Great War 1914 – 1918 is to complete the raising of funds for the construction of the white picket fence and small plaques which will bear the names of the individual player and their sponsor who donated money towards each picket. To date we have raised $7,000 from picket sponsorships with a further 18 offers of sponsorships from former players and current members of both Clubs. An additional $3,670 has been raised through raffles and donations at various Club events. It is estimated that a further $6,000 will be required to fund completion of the projects. Of this we are hoping to raise a further $4,000 of this from the Federal Governments “Saluting Their Service” Grants Programme.
Currently a Development Application which includes plans for the picket fence is being prepared for submission to the Adelaide City Council. Because of the requirement to have secured funding for the fence before the submission could be made there has been a delay and therefore the fence will not be in place for this coming Anzac Day. Given that the Centenary of Anzacs (2014 – 2018) provides a four year window for commemoration of the picket fence there is ample time to complete this project. A day that stands out as a possible ceremonial date would be Remembrance Day next year. It falls on a Saturday in the cricket season with the 11th hour being the normal time for play to commence.