Road trauma memorial gets underway

The Victorian State Government has begun work has begun on a new memorial at Geelong’s waterfront to give people who have experienced road trauma a place to reflect and remember.

Ocean Grove’s Don Walters’ concept ‘Solace’ will be an enduring memorial for people to contemplate the impacts of road trauma and to remember people who have lost their lives on Victorian roads.

Member for Geelong Christine Couzens recently joined Mr Walters to announce the start of works on the memorial.

The sculpture will have a permanent home along the picturesque eastern Geelong waterfront, off Hearne Parade, where the views will provide a peaceful place for remembering.

The memorial and its design will create a place for all people affected by road trauma to visit and remember their loved ones, as well as raise awareness for Road Trauma Support Services Victoria (RTSSV), who offer support services for people impacted by road trauma.

The TAC has partnered with the City of Greater Geelong to deliver the road trauma memorial project with support from RTSSV and the Uniting Church of Australia (UCAVT).

Representatives from the TAC and City of Greater Geelong, along with TAC clients and community members affected by road trauma, were all involved in the selection process of the successful artwork.

The City of Greater Geelong is undertaking landscaping works around the memorial site to create a welcoming space with all-abilities access.

The project is expected to be completed by the middle of this year.

Caption: Pictured (from left), artist Don Walters, Manager Towards Zero Engagement Meg Jacobs, City of Greater Geelong councillor Pat Murnane, Member for Geelong Christine Couzens, City of Greater Geelong Deputy Mayor Kylie Grzybek.