An icon of the region is getting a timely facelift: the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross will receive more than $800,000 from the state government for an upgrade, allocated in the 2022-23 budget.
Memorial Cross management committee member Bruce Mildenhall described the funding as “fantastic news”.
“The cross is almost 90 years old now and apart from the emergency rebuild they did in the mid-90s and [when it was] affected by Ash Wednesday, the area around it hasn’t had that tender, loving care that it needs,” Mr Mildenhall said.
On Wednesday, May 4, Veterans Minister Shaun Leane joined Macedon MP Mary-Anne Thomas and Memorial Cross committee members Mr Mildenhall and Frank Donovan to make the $810,000 announcement.
The funding would pay for disability access, an upgraded entrance and memorial area, improved parking and the start of an information and education centre.
A government statement said the investment would protect the heritage and cultural significance of the site and its 21-metre high cross commemorating those who have served in all wars and conflicts Australia has been involved in.
The site is considered one of the most significant war memorials in the state and hosts the famous Anzac Day dawn service, as well as being a popular tourist destination.
“The people of Macedon Ranges are so proud of this iconic and historic site that honours our veterans – that’s why we are ensuring this site is upgraded so the service of our veterans is remembered for years to come,” Ms Thomas said.
Mr Leane said the investment would make sure the site is “best placed to continue being an iconic spot for commemoration”.
“Every year, the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross has thousands of Victorians come to reflect and express their gratitude for the service and sacrifice of our veteran community,” Mr Leane said.