QUEANBEYAN's Moore Park will soon be ablaze with burgundy roses as an enduring mark of the centenary of ANZAC anniversary, and also 100 years of the Queanbeyan Red Cross, to be celebrated this August.
Council and the local RSL sub-branch are working together to create the ANZAC commemorative garden adjacent to the Queanbeyan War Memorial Swimming Pool. It will feature 100 rose plants bearing the signature RSL rose- a deep burgundy in colour with a flash of peach in the middle.
"It looks like a fire with a yellow tongue," sub branch secretary Daryl Patch said.
"We're still in the planning stages with Council, but there will be a path through it [the garden], and a pagoda.
"It's something that will be left behind for the people of Queanbeyan for the centenary of ANZAC," he said.
Queanbeyan mayor Tim Overall said another specially-propagated rose, the Red Cross rose, would also be planted near the site to mark 100 years of a Queanbeyan Red Cross Branch.
"The Queanbeyan Red Cross is one of the oldest, continually running Red Cross branches in Australia," Cr Overall said.
And Moore Park - named after former Queanbeyan mayor Richard Moore - was a particularly fitting site for the gardens, he said.
"Richard Moore and his wife Agnes Moore lost their son at Villers-Bretonneux, and it was Agnes Moore together with Mrs Hincksman - who also lost a son in the Great War - who formed the Red Cross Queanbeyan Branch exactly 100 years ago this August," Cr Overall said.
"So to have a RSL Memorial Rose Garden co-located with a Red Cross rose garden commemorating 100 years of the Red Cross society in Queanbeyan, I think, is very fitting."
The RSL is also planning to relocate the Boer War memorial in Lowe Street to the Moore Park site.
Meanwhile, Queanbeyan City Council has applied for $23,000 in funding for the project through the Department of Veterans' Affairs centenary of ANZAC funding pool. The first roses will be planted at the site in July.
* This year’s Anzac Day march, will be held at 10.20am today on Monaro Street.