Steve Fortey, Michael Scobie, Lindsay Cunningham and Gary Hore (just back from their swim with the Lizards) and David Benson have led Avoca Beach Community Association's bid for its own Anzac memorial near the surf lifesaving club.
Steve Fortey, Michael Scobie, Lindsay Cunningham and Gary Hore (just back from their swim with the Lizards) and David Benson have led Avoca Beach Community Association's bid for its own Anzac memorial near the surf lifesaving club.

Anzac memorial on way for Avoca residents

AVOCA residents will soon have their own official Anzac memorial in a very Avocan style.

The memorial rock is "as local as you can get", according to Avoca Beach Community Association president Steve Fortey.

It was identified as something special by David Benson during recent beachfront works.

A plaque, inscribed by Talking Stones, dedicates it to the memory of all who have served the nation in all conflicts.

"It will be quite a modest memorial in a specially prepared garden with the feature rock and plaque but it gives us a focus for our Anzac Day service, which we have been having at the beach for about 14 years now," Mr Fortey said.

The service, which he described as "more intimate, with a really nice community feel", has been growing in popularity since inception, from just 14 people to well over 1000.

Again, it's a service with its own style - no politicians and no long speeches.

Mr Fortey said the quest for a memorial had been led by Gary Hore, a former professional soldier who served three tours of Vietnam.

Working on a committee with him have been Michael Scobie, whose grandfather fought at Gallipoli, and Lindsay Cunningham, whose father was on the Kokoda Track, and Mr Fortey whose father also fought in World War II.

While RSL and council approval was gained, Mr Fortey said the funds needed for the memorial were raised in Avoca, giving the community real ownership of this special community project.

Meanwhile, he said, the association was continuing its quest for a community hall. Central Coast Council is considering potential sites and ABCA is also talking with the Avoca Beach Scout Group about potentially working with them to remodel and extend its existing hall by the lagoon for the purpose.

Mr Fortey acknowledged the project was in its early days. To find out more about ABCA and for other information about Avoca, go to https://friendsofavoca. wordpress.com/.


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