Anzac logo for lighthouse proposed

FUTURE Centenary of Anzac celebration plans could potentially attract a crowd of thousands in Kiama, one RSL Sub-Branch representative believes.

The Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch recently sought the support of state and federal members for its plan to adorn the Kiama lighthouse with an image of an Australian digger.

The Sub-Branch has applied to have a three-metre high, 2.4-metre wide version of the Centenary of Anzac logo painted on the western side of the Kiama lighthouse for the four-year commemoration of World War I.

The plan requires the thumbs up from the Commonwealth Department of Veterans Affairs and NSW Crown Lands.

Although it has been suggested a one-year project would be sufficient, RSL Sub-branch honorary secretary and Kiama councillor Dennis Seage said he hoped the entire four years (2014-2018) would be agreed to.

Mr Seage last week said the lighthouse proposal had the full support of Kiama MP Gareth Ward, who would correspond with the minister relaying "strong recommendations" that the logo be painted on the western side of the lighthouse, and remain there for the four-year commemoration period.

"The lighthouse and arch are probably our two most photographed icons," Mr Seage said.

"It's our intention to hold our dawn service in 2015 at Kiama lighthouse . . . We would expect thousands to be there."

Last week also marked a key moment for the Sub-Branch.

A medallion, known colloquially as "the dead man's penny" or "the king's penny" was awarded to the next of kin of those who were killed or died in service during World War I.

It was accompanied by a letter from King George V.

One such disc affixed to the wall of remembrance last week, was awarded to former Kiama resident James Sidney Seader, whose name is also engraved on Kiama's Memorial Arch honour roll.

It was donated to the Sub-Branch by Neil Pillidge.

Mr Pillidge is the great-nephew of Mr Seader and currently lives in Sydney.

A plaque has also been placed on the wall, outlining the medallion's significance.

In February, Mr Ward announced that the Hindmarsh Park War Memorial would be upgraded.

The War Memorial received $10,000 for an upgrade.

This funding will allow for stabilising works to correct the leaning Memorial Arch.

Mr Seage has further plans to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac.

He also chairs the council streets and reserves naming committee.

Mr Seage has proposed during the four-year centenary that any new streets in the area be named after Kiama's World War I troops, especially those killed in action and listed on the Memorial Arch.

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