Moreton District Police Memorial Announcement

The public had been asked to submit input into the design of the Moreton District Police Memorial to be built at the new Moreton Police District Headquarters and police station.

This was run as a competition – and this week it has been announced that university graduate in architecture, Jeremy Wooldridge submitted the winning design.

Mr Wooldridge spoke exclusively with trueAU.NEWS about how he came to be the designer of the Morton Police Memorial monument to be built.

“Obviously this competition was based a lot on social media, so online, on Facebook,” Mr Wooldridge said in the video above.

“And one of my family members actually came across it, and she immediately just told me about it – ’cause she knew I’d be interested – and it was something that was exciting and for the community.

“It’s about obviously all the police heroes that have passed, but also the community in general being a part of that.

“I hope people want to come and see it – like it’s not something that you see from a distance – and the whole idea of my design was that I want it to be tactile.

“I want people to almost touch it, because I think memory and honour is not something that you just observe.”

Acting Superintendent, Paul Ready congratulated Mr Wooldridge on submitting the winning design, and talked about the impact the new headquarters will have on policing in the district.

“It’s the latest state of the art facility,” Acting Superintendent, Paul Ready said.

“It’s going to give us a lot more room.

“It’s going to combine a number of different units together in one station again.

“It’s going to give us a lot more usability in operational day-to-day business.

In relation to the Moreton District Police Memorial, Acting Superintendent, Paul Ready said: “So, we’ve had the Perry Irwin Memorial down at the old station.

“Mr Brady (MORETON District Officer Superintendent) was the driving force behind this.

“He wanted a monument for police to be erected with a new station to sort of stand the test of time, and to show people and especially in the community about how much police have given to the community.”

The contract to build the monument is currently being put in place.

Video transcript

McCarthy-Wood: The public had been asked to submit input into the design of the Morton District Police Memorial to be built at the new Morton Police District Headquarters and Police Station. This was run as a competition and this week it has been announced, that university graduate in architecture, Jeremy Wooldridge, submitted the winning design. Mr Wooldridge spoke exclusively with trueAU.News about how he came to be the designer of the Morton Police Memorial to be built.

Mr Wooldridge: Obviously this competition was based a lot on social media, so online, on Facebook. And one of my family members actually came across it and she immediately just told me about it ’cause she knew I’d be interested and it was something that was exciting and for the community.
And I enter a lot of competitions just in general. And see what’s out there. And yeah, once I saw it, I thought I’d give it a go and I gave it a go a few times just to give them a few options. It is really exciting. No, it is. And it’s like I still have a lot of connections with family and friends here and I’m sort of very proud that that’s part of it. And it’s almost, well for me, and also just for the community in general, sort of a legacy in both the service of the police and also just everybody getting behind it because it is a fundraised item.
It was actually the first design I thought of and usually it is the first designs that I like the most. And with this one I thought it was, I really wanted something that was unique and different and not, not necessarily you would say, “Oh that’s a monument, that’s a memorial.” I want it to be something unique and represent something core to the values of the service of the police and obviously the police that have passed.
And so my design, I thought of something that you can actually touch. So it was a laser core tan sort of metal monument that represents the police patterning. So the Tartan and also representing a sort of a layered block tower of non hierarchy where there’s no one singular item.
It’s about obviously all the police heroes that have passed, but also the community in general being a part of that. I hope people want to come and see it like it’s not something that you see from a distance and the whole idea of my design was that I want it to be tactile. I want people to almost touch it because I think memory and honour is not something that you just observe.
It’s you sort of want to be a part of and you want to feel that, both physically and emotionally. And so if someone’s walking past, I really hope they almost see it as an art sculpture, as something interesting and then obviously they get to learn what it is about and that it’s for the people.

McCarthy-Wood: Acting superintendent, Paul Ready congratulated Mr Wooldridge on submitting the winning design and talked about the impact the new headquarters will have on policing in the district.

Mr Ready: It’s the latest state of the art facility. It’s going to give us a lot more room. It’s going to combine a number of different units together in one station again. It’s going to give us a lot more usability in operational day-to-day business.
So we’ve had the Perry Irwin Memorial down at the old station. Mr Brady was the driving force behind this. He wanted a monument for police to be erected with a new station to sort of stand the test of time and to show people and especially in the community about how much police have given to the community.
So the monument and memorial here was driven about that. We wanted community involvement to make sure that they got what they wanted in a memorial for police in this district. It certainly has opened the eyes and we got a number of people who submitted applications.
We had a panel of people who sat down and deliberated long and hard on it. And yeah, hopefully, you know, when it’s built it’ll be a, you know, it’ll be a site that people will drive past and look and understand what it’s all about. It’s a reminder of how much that every police officer does every day in the community.
Some have given the ultimate sacrifice, you know, and we’ve had a number of our colleagues in that regard. You know, Perry Erwin, Brett [Fort 00:00:04:42], you know, who worked at [Caboolture 00:04:44] for a long time.
This is a reminder to the guys that work behind the blue uniform and the public about how much they actually do sacrifice and give in betterment of the community.

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