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 A letter to the community from the volunteer Woodvale Hall Committee of Management (DELWP)


Dear community of Woodvale

As you may be aware, the seven memorial trees, rose bushes, and named crosses, in front of the hall grounds are in memory of the brave men who served in WW1 and gave up their lives for their country. This memorial avenue is the frontage of our historical school which now serves as our local community hall.

Although the hall and surrounding grounds, (including the memorial avenue) are the property of the Victorian State Government (DELWP), a group of local volunteers operate, manage, clean, and maintain it. The hall is available for hire to aid in the running costs

The hall is utilised for such things as our annual "Bush Market", ANZAC & Remembrance services, Progress Association Meetings and private hirings.

The hall committee, after careful deliberation, based on specialist advice, applied for a government grant to cover the cost of removing and replacing the dead and dying memorial avenue trees, sadly this application was not successful.

We have decided that it would be best to install native trees in this location in lieu of those currently in situ, as these will be more conducive to the soil conditions at that location, and more likely to survive the harsh summer temperatures. However this decision is based on financial issues, and is under consideration by the current committee on moving forward.


Update: April 2022

 After the original grant application for our tree replacement (referred to above) was unsuccessful, the Committee of Management for the hall were invited and encouraged by Ms. Lisa Chester's office to re-apply for a different grant for the installation of "Native" trees at our memorial avenue. This grant application would be under the auspices of a different special grant being offered throughout Victoria celebrating the queens upcoming jubilee.

This grant application has now been submitted and we are awaiting the outcome and hope we are successful. Watch this space for updates.....