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The Aintree Walk of Honour reflects the spirit of the famous Avenues of Honour to our west, at Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. These great avenues and many other memorials were constructed in the wake of World War 1, as towns and communities struggled to come to terms with the loss of so many of their young men. Grief was on a global scale. Local families and those of remote foes, suffered the same fate.
Our Walk of Honour marks our community’s contribution to the ANZAC Centenary commemoration, spanning the period 2014-18. The ANZAC tradition that was forged on the battlefield at Gallipoli, Turkey has grown to symbolize notions of courage, sacrifice, service and mate-ship, whilst also serving as a graphic reminder of the human cost of an ultimately futile pursuit.
Our Walk includes plaques that in a time-honoured way recognize lost service personnel with a local connection but also includes contemporary interpretations of Australia’s war history from the Boer War until the most recent conflict involving Australian troops. At the eastern end of the walk there is space for conflicts yet to happen; a poignant reminder of the inevitability of future military engagement.
Ours is a whole of community initiative to link wise old minds with younger perspectives and to create of a lasting reflective legacy that speaks the language of young people. This site has a significant and distinct connection with Australia’s military effort and the detail of this connection is expanded upon as you further immerse yourself in the experience via your smartphone. The “torch of remembrance” of sacrifice from our district and beyond, is being passed to the next generation.
We welcome visitors and encourage the establishment or renewal of connections with the military history of our nation by sharing in the stories of those who served, or stayed behind.
The Aintree Walk of Honour was opened on 31 March 2017, in advance of its completion by Remembrance Day 2018. The contribution of the following community groups to the project is gratefully acknowledged:
Caroline Springs and Melton RSL Sub Branches
Melton Family History Group
Melton Historical Society
Partners of Veterans Association of Australia (Vic)
Direct access to Caroline Springs is one step closer for our residents with Phase 2 of Taylors Road opening earlier this week. The third and final stage of this exciting project which includes a bridge crossing over the Kororoit Creek is due for completion in 2020 making Caroline Springs a short 5km drive away!
Come down & support the teams this Sunday morning for their first game of the winter season. Proudly supported by Woodlea, this competition will be held each Sunday at Frontier Reserve. Aintree Cricket Club are still seeking players - to enquire contact them through their page for more info.
Have you heard....Woodlea's Public Primary School is scheduled to open in 2021! This is just another, of a vast array of education options within our community. Read more below.
A Pooches Paradise is coming to Woodlea! Due to popular demand our first ever dog park is under construction & expected to open by the end of the year. With plenty of green open space & custom play equipment this park is sure to be a huge hit with your furry friends. Read on for more information.
**ROCKBANK TRAIN STATION CLOSURE** Due to scheduled demolition works by Public Transport Victoria at Rockbank Train station - we have made changes to our usual daily Shuttle Bus Services from 24 June - late August. The buses will now run to & from Caroline Springs at alternate times listed in the below link. Please ensure that you plan ahead & allow extra time to arrive at your destination on time.
Don’t stay inside this long weekend - keep your fitness alive with a family stroll ???? Better yet, Woodlea is teeming with parks & green spaces just waiting to be explored!
Baby Playgroup is coming to Woodlea! Due to popular demand these ticketed catch ups will run every Wednesday from 1-2:30pm. Ensure you secure your free ticket each Monday as numbers are limited. More details below.
Take action to #BeatAirPollution! It's World Environment Day today & more so than any other day of the year, we should be caring for our planet. Whether it's saving energy around the home, being more vigilant with your recycling or simply ditching the car for your bike we can all play a vital part in protecting our health & planet from the effects of air pollution. Tell us what you'll be doing for #WorldEnvironmentDay today!