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Wreck remembered

The duty of unveiling the ‘direction plaque’ to the wreck of HMAS Waree, was performed by the president of the Iluka History Group, Bob Carr (left), and Page MP Kevin Hogan. Image: Contributed.

Page MP Kevin joined Iluka History Group’s president, Bob Carr – and a good role-up of interested citizens – for the unveiling of a plaque that marks the location of the Royal Australian Navy tug, HMAS Waree, which sank while attempting to cross the Clarence River bar on October 17, 1946.
The plaque’s installation was initiated by the Iluka History Group in response to queries from interested locals and visitors.
Last Thursday June 29, Mr Hogan said in a media release that the plaque was funded by the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service program.
“I would like to thank the Iluka History Group for the dedication to our local military history and installing this plaque,” he said.
“This project will help our local community honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who defend our values and freedoms.
“As a community we must keep alive the Anzac spirit and teach future generations about our military history and the importance of reflecting on the price we have paid for our values and freedoms.”
The history group’s president, Bob Carr, said around 50 people from Iluka’s incorporated groups and the wider community attended the unveiling.
“Part of our group’s aim is to educate and make people aware of the history of the Iluka area,” he said.
“The Waree’s sinking was one of Iluka’s historic events.
“I think the response from the town was great; it augers well for the future and is an encouragement to continue the group’s work.”
The history group houses and displays its collection at the Soldiers Memorial Hall in Charles Street; which is open to the public on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9am to 1pm.
“We are looking to open for a similar time frame on weekends; however, that is something still being developed,” Mr Carr said.
“And we welcome more volunteers to be involved.”
People interested in finding out more can contact secretary Janet Hauser on 6646 6673 – or call in at the museum on Wednesday and Friday mornings.
Meanwhile, Mr Hogan said: “I encourage any local community organisations interested in applying for funding under the Saluting Their Service grants program to contact the Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ Commemorative Grants team on 1800 026 185 or email [email protected]
“The Saluting Their Service Community Commemorative Grants program provides up to $4,000 for an individual project. It is a rolling grants program, so applications are accepted at any time.”

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