IN the lead-up to Anzac Day, staff from Bunnings Warehouse in Bathurst donated their time and materials to freshen up Bathurst’s Cairn War Memorial on Limekilns Road.
Team members rolled up their sleeves to tidy the memorial, which will be used during tomorrow’s Anzac Day ceremonies.
They spent time last week weeding, replacing plants and carrying out a general tidy-up of the area.
It’s not the first time Bunnings has worked on the site – the team has helped maintain it for several years.
“We want to help keep the site looking neat and tidy, especially in the lead-up to Anzac Day,” Bunnings Bathurst acting complex manager Kerri Archer said.
The memorial is located at the entrance to the Bathurst Sheep and Cattle Drome.
Ms Archer said staff were more than happy to assist in readying the site for tomorrow’s commemorative services.
“Our team feel it is important to give back to the community we work in, so we are always looking for ways to roll up our sleeves and help local groups and initiatives,” she said.
“An important way Bunnings can give back is to help remember our Anzac veterans, making sure our community’s memorial is looking perfect for Anzac Day.”
From 1940 until the end of World War Two, the site of the memorial was an army camp.
It was used as an infantry training centre.
Then, from 1948 to 1952, it housed European migrants displaced by the war. Around 80,000 migrants were processed there.
Tomorrow’s Anzac Day service at the cairn will be held at 3.15pm.
However, the main service at the War Memorial Carillon will be held at 10.45am and will be preceded by the march from the Bathurst RSL Club up Russell Street to Kings Parade, starting at 10.30am.
The dawn service will be held from 4.30am.
Other morning services are scheduled for 8.30am at Rockley and Yetholme.