Preserving the Past for Future Generations
In a strategic move towards site safety and historical preservation, Redland City is set to witness the removal and restoration of three rhombic antennae at the Birkdale Community Precinct.
Scheduled for the end of January, this initiative aims to facilitate construction across the site while ensuring the safeguarding of these historically significant artefacts.
Crucial Role in World History
Known as the rhombic array, these antennae were pivotal during World War II, forming an integral part of the former Radio Receiving Station.
Installed in various locations in 1943, including Redlands Coast and Brisbane, they played a crucial role in effective communications during the War in the Pacific.
Their functions included monitoring enemy broadcasts and receiving encrypted messages from Washington, DC, relayed directly to General McArthur’s headquarters in Brisbane.
A Living Testament
Redland City Mayor Karen Williams emphasises the honour of preserving these World War II artefacts for future generations.
The station, central to the precinct’s Communications Hub, is a living testament to historical events, including the relay of the Japanese surrender, signalling the end of the war.
Careful Relocation and Restoration
Division 10 Councillor Paul Bishop assures the public that the relocation of the antennae is a meticulously planned process, fully recorded and approved by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science.
Australian Heritage Specialists will supervise the entire journey – from safe storage to restoration and eventual return to their precise locations.
Birkdale Community Precinct: A Vision Unveiled
The 62-hectare Birkdale Community Precinct, designed by and for the Redlands Coast community, is set to become a vibrant hub.
From a Cultural Hub and Willards Farm Food Hub celebrating farming heritage to an Innovation Hub showcasing agricultural technology, the precinct promises an array of experiences.
As Redland City takes this step to preserve its rich history, the Birkdale Community Precinct stands poised to become a cultural haven, blending the echoes of the past with the aspirations of the future.