Victorians now have access to an enduring memorial to remember people who have lost their lives or been injured on Victorian roads, with the first state-wide road trauma memorial now open on the Geelong waterfront.
Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll said that Ocean Grove’s Don Walters’ sculpture ‘Solace’ will be an important place for all people affected by road trauma to visit and remember their loved ones.
The steel and stone sculpture has a permanent home along the picturesque waterfront off Hearne Parade, where the views will provide a peaceful place for remembering.
Mr Walters’ design uses the moon as a metaphor ‘for the constantly changing range of emotions that all who experience loss through road trauma progress through.’
Representatives from the TAC and City of Greater Geelong, along with TAC clients and community members affected by road trauma, were all involved in the selection process of the successful artwork.
Having been recognised as a need and instigated by the Road Trauma Support Services Victoria, the memorial will also raise awareness for support networks such that Victorians can access.
The Victorian Government partnered with the TAC and the City of Greater Geelong to deliver the road trauma memorial project with support from RTSSV and Uniting Church Australia.