Shepparton War Memorials Condition Assessment and Strategy Plan

, Shepparton, Victoria

Client: Greater Shepparton City Council

Type: Plan, Victoria, War Memorial, Strategy

Year: 2012

Staff: Kate Heron, Natalie Sheffield, Yan Zhao

Urban Initiatives were engaged by Greater Shepparton City Council to prepare an existing condition assessment and strategy plan for all war memorials and places of wartime significance within the municipality. The primary project intent was not only to compile a complete register of all significant assets, but to identify a strategic approach to the management, maintenance and future upgrade requirements.
The Greater Shepparton Municipality has over thirty-five war memorials and places of wartime significance, that can be classified under the following nine categories:
War Memorials, War Cemeteries / War Graves, Avenues of Honour, Memorial Halls, Memorial Gates, Memorial Pools, Honour Boards, Places of Wartime Significance and Memorial Churches.
The key components of the project included an asset stocktake, historical significance and condition review, location mapping, key stakeholder consultation and strategic management or upgrade recommendations.

The strategy plan recommended several War Memorials as requiring physical or operational improvements. For each of these sites a written description as well as a sketch upgrade design or complete landscape master plan was provided, including an estimate of capital works cost. Eligibility for Federal and/or State funding grants was considered on a project by project basis.

This project was completed late 2012 and has been extremely well received by both Council and the project stakeholders. Following final adoption by Councillors the completed project will be made available for public access via Greater Shepparton City Council’s website. This will enable public consultation on all recommended new or upgraded memorial projects.