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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 30th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 30, 2009 9 ED: MB PUB: IWW DATE: 30/7/09 PAGE: 9 COLOUR: C MY K ➚ www.innerwestcourier.com.au ■NEWS Death marchers remembered ‘’ LanaLam IT’S one of the darkest moments in Australia’s war history and this Sunday the Burwood community will honour those who died during the infamous Sandakan death marches in Borneo. In 1945, more than 2000 Aust- ralian and British troops were being held as prisoners of war in Sandakan by the Japanese. Malnourished and sick, the troops were forced to march almost 300km to Ranau in Borneo’s rugged interior. Many perished along the way or were killed for being too weak. Of those who died, 23 were from Burwood. Only six soldiers survived, all of them Australian. One of the survivors was Nelson Short, who lived in Enfield and later on, Ashfield. Mr Short died a few years ago. Burwood’s Russ Kenny was a mate of his, having been a member of the same sub-branch. ‘‘I knew him well,’’ Mr Kenny said. ‘‘He was a person who was very reluctant to talk about the death marches.’’ Weare obliged to educate the younger generations about the sacrifices made by our forefathers Mr Kenny is part of Burwood Council’s Sandakan Community Education Committee, which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers every year with a remembrance service. ‘‘It’s something that’s very hard to put into words, having read the books,’’ Mr Kenny said. ‘‘It was kept so secretive. The main reason for the committee is to talk to the schools about it and let them know what happened.’’ Committee chairman Cr John Sidoti said: ‘‘As a generation of Australians who have the privilege of knowing peace, we are obliged to educate the younger generations about the sacrifices made by our forefathers". The service is on this Sunday at 11am at the Sandakan Memorial in Burwood Park. For details phone 9911 9911. Russ Kenny, from Burwood’s Sandakan Community Education Committee, has helped organise a memorial service. Residents urged to dig the dirt on National Tree Day CANADA Bay Council is inviting the community to get a bit dirty and take part in National Tree Day this Sunday. Entering its 14th year, National Tree Day has seen more than 13.4 million native trees and shrubs planted around Australia. ‘‘Aside from the benefits to the environment, growing native plants and shrubs is a great way for local residents to make a positive contribution to their local community,’’ Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said. National Tree Day is Australia’s largest community tree-planting event. Planet Ark is urging individ- uals, schools, community groups and businesses to come together and get growing for the future. The National Tree Day event is in Arthur Walker Reserve at Nullawarra Ave, Concord West, on Sunday from 9am to noon. Locals can enjoy a barbecue lunch. RSVP to the council’s bushcare co-ordinator on 9911 6383 by July 31. Picture: SIMON CHILLINGWORTH ~PP301673 SALE FREE $4995 Travel Mug FREE Present this coupon in-store to receive a FREE travel Mug.* Simply purchase any 4L Dulux or Berger Premium paint *Limit of one per customer. Excludes Trade paint. Valid till the 31/8/09 or while stocks last. m Paint Brush with every ase of Berger 6L low sheen * special price SAVE $15 *See in-store for term & conditions. Valid till the 31/8/09 or while stocks last. 24-28 Burwood Road BURWOOD HEIGHTS Ph: 9747 6728 419-425 Victoria Road GLADESVILLE Ph: 9879 5711
July 23rd 2009