Call for nominations for the Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue Advisory Committee

Greater Shepparton City Council is looking for interested locals to join the Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue Advisory Committee.

Four community representative positions are currently available on the committee which was formed in 2017 to investigate further ways of maintaining, enhancing and conserving the cultural heritage and environmental values of the Memorial Avenue.

The Memorial Avenue consists of more than 2,400 trees over a length of nearly 20 kilometres along the Goulburn Valley Highway. The Memorial Avenue was planted between 1945 and 1949 as a living memorial to all local servicemen who did not return from the Second World War. It is the grandest and largest of the Second World War commemorative plantings in Victoria, and is important for its use of only Australian native trees.

The Calder Woodburn Memorial Avenue Conservation Management Plan 2001 guides all works within the Memorial Avenue. In recent years, some sections of the Memorial Avenue have suffered from loss of trees, significant regrowth of native and non-native vegetation, and the spread of weed species.

Mayor, Councillor Shane Sali said the Committee was tasked with investigating the possible funding opportunities for conservation works.

“The community representative positions are voting members of the Advisory Committee and are appointed for a two year term. The Advisory Committee also includes representatives from seven stakeholder organisations and Council,” he said.

“We currently have four community representative positions vacant and I encourage anyone with an interest in the Memorial Avenue to apply.”

Advisory Committee meeting schedules vary, but are likely to range from one to four meetings per year. The appointments will commence later this year and end in late 2024.

Nominations close at 5pm on Monday 29 August 2022. Nomination forms are available on Council’s website Cultural Heritage page

For more information or to register your interest in joining the Advisory Committee, please contact Michael MacDonagh, Team Leader Strategic Planning, via phone on 5832 9700 or via email at


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