Poppies for precinct

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 7, 2020

CONTINUING Albany’s Anzac legacy and maintaining residents’ connection to the Anzac legend, the City of Albany is calling on community members to crochet or knit red and purple poppies to decorate Albany Heritage Park.

The Poppy Art at the Heritage Park project is open to everyone and simply invites people to contribute their handmade poppies.

Albany Regional Day Care is sharing alternative ways to make poppies out of old egg cartons and craft supplies which allow the whole family to get involved.

National Anzac Centre Team Leader Tanja Colby said while Albany Heritage Park is closed, it is important to give residents the opportunity to preserve their connection to the site and the Anzac spirit.

“There are numerous benefits to projects like Poppy Art at the Heritage Park such as retaining community connection, reflection on the importance of our history and what significance this period of time will mean in the future,” she said.

“The project offers a platform for participants to engage with something positive, that will benefit their mental health and give them something to look forward to being a part of when their artwork is on display.”

Poppies made by communities from outside the Great Southern region are more than welcome.

People can donate and deliver as many poppies as they wish to the front of the Forts Store or post them to the National Anzac Centre, PO Box 484, Albany WA 6331.