Minister for Human Services
ANZAC Hero Honoured in New Street Name
10 November 2014
The Liberal Government is committed to increasing the supply of affordable housing in Tasmania.
A new subdivision at Lindisfarne provides not only additional affordable housing and land on the Eastern Shore, but also pays tribute to one of our World War I heroes.
A new street in the subdivision has been named Atwell Court in honour of Private Frederick Atwell, a Lindisfarne man who was killed on the Western Front during World War 1.
With Australia currently marking the Centenary of ANZAC and with Remembrance Day tomorrow, it is a fitting time to honour Private Atwell through the naming of Atwell Court.
Today I opened the new Atwell Court with the help of RSL Lindisfarne Branch President Barry Ginn and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman.
Atwell Court forms part of a new eight-lot residential subdivision off Excalibur Place in Lindisfarne that has rejuvenated a disused block of land owned by the Government.
A building on the property, dating back to 1910 and formerly used as a supported accommodation facility, has been renovated and sold, and the block has been subdivided for sale.
Increasing land supply is a critical part of keeping housing affordable. The house and four of the land parcels have sold on the open market recently to Tasmanians wanting to build homes, with the remaining three blocks soon to be made available.
The money generated by these sales will be reinvested by Housing Tasmania into building more affordable homes for Tasmanians in need of housing support.
The subdivision is a $500,000 Housing Tasmania project which creates and facilitates 15 jobs through construction.
Despite an exhaustive search, no surviving relatives of Private Atwell have yet been found. We would love to hear from anyone who may be related, so please contact my office if you are a relation.
Pt Frederick Atwell was 28 years of age when he was killed by artillery bombardment during the Battle of Pozières, which formed part of the Somme Offensive. Australian casualties were over 30,000 from this battle, which ran for two weeks in mid-1916.
The death toll of Australians lost in the Battle of Pozières equalled the number of Australians lost at Gallipoli.
With Peter White, Mayor Doug Chipman, Barry Ginn President Lindisfarne RSL