Regional Donation Account - Tatura RSL
The Tatura Returned & Services League (RSL) utilised a Regional Donation Account to help meet a financial target of $250,000 through fundraising activities within the community.
Combining the money raised in the Donation Account with several grants, the Tatura RSL commissioned respected sculptor, Terence Plowright, to produce a two metre high bronze statue of Private Robert Mactier VC, as well as make a number of enhancements to the Memorial Gardens in Tatura.
Private Robert Mactier was born in Tatura, Victoria and was one of 64 Australians to receive the Victoria Cross award for their actions during World War I. The statue was unveiled by Margaret O'Callaghan, Jim Mactier, Victoria's Deputy Premier and Regional Development Minister Peter Ryan and Robert Mactier.
This bronze statue is now located on a granite block in pride of place amongst the other enhancements to the local War Memorial, including landscaping, laying pavers, stonework, lighting, signage and moving the existing WWII Memorial Plaques.
The local community feels that the Statue and War Memorial enhancement gives importance of recognition to those veterans who served. "This Memorial setting is befitting of that standing, a void fulfilled," said Mal Watts, Hon Treasurer, RSL of Australia, Tatura Sub-branch.