Windemere Bay playground shelters cement Claremont history

THE Windemere foreshore has benefited from the establishment of four new playground shelters that will also educate visitors about the Australian effort in the World Wars.

The playground shelter project was a community effort, with Claremont Rotary Club taking the lead.

The Glenorchy RSL, Claremont RSL, Claremont College and Glenorchy City Council were all involved, with funding also provided by the Tasmanian Community Fund.

Claremont Rotary Club member Eric Myers said he was motivated to provide shelter at the foreshore site after taking his grandchildren for a walk and noticing there was nowhere to sit or to protect visitors from the elements.

He said the establishment of these shelters would provide protection and educate playground visitors about the significance of the site in training Tasmanian soldiers.

The eight Xanderware panels on the playground shelters have been decorated with graphics depicting the contributions made by Australian troops.

Tasmanian Community Fund chairperson Sally Darke said she expected the new playground shelters to be both popular and well-utilised.

“Playground equipment and open spaces are an integral part of any community,” she said.

“Windermere Bay can be subject to a range of weather conditions and these shelters are sure to provide a reprieve with shade, rain and wind protection so local families and visitors can enjoy this space at any time of year.

“Turning the shelter panels into historical artworks is sure to foster a sense of pride within the community, as well as acknowledge the historical significance of the site.”

Eric Lowe, also of Claremont Rotary Club, said the panels showcased not just the difficulties of war, but the peace and the times of celebration.

“The panels give a flavour of the whole aspect of war and peace,” he said.

“The shelters will give young people a feel of what has gone on at war and what has happened to the Australians who stayed home.

“There is a great aura of history around this place and now we have installations which can help tell these stories to our younger generations.”

Project graphic designer Derek Jones said the panels were a form of education for the children of the community.

“These designs give a stimulus for young boys and girls towards a thought of a memory about wartime soldiers or nurses and will provoke commemorative conversations,” he said.

Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said the significance of Claremont military history was highlighted for the whole community.

“As our veterans pass on, their memories will not fade; through this project they now will be passed onto our children,” she said.

The Windermere foreshore playground shelters link the existing Walk of Remembrance and the Claremont War Memorial.

Caption: Rotary Claremont president Greg Saunders hands over ownership of the Windemere Bay playground shelters to Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston.