Push for Evans Head aerodrome to be heritage listed
THOUSANDS of people have thrown their support behind plans for the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome to be given national heritage listing.
Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee president Richard Gates said a team had been collecting evidence and support for the past five years.
"We believe that it deserves national listing and certainly the veterans have that view very strongly," he said.
"There were 1100 who trained here who were killed during the war. And many of them in bomber command which had a very high mortality rate.
"So we feel, when you look at other national monuments, this is certainly worthy of that recognition."
The site was added to the NSW State Heritage Register in November 2002
The state heritage office said the site had historical, social and cultural significance to many ex-servicemen and women and their families, as well as North Coast residents.
The base was purportedly the largest RAAF training base in the Southern Hemisphere during the Second World War, as the No.1 Bombing and Gunnery School under the Empire Air Training Scheme.
Mr Gates said thousands of signatures in support of the national heritage listing had already been collected, as well as supporting letters and video clips of veterans who have visited the site over the years.
He said the committee planned to submit the application for national heritage listing mid-year.
"The most important thing for us is recognition for the veterans because it sends a clear message to them that they were appreciated," Mr Gates said.
"What better recognition, rather than a stone monument somewhere… here's a working airfield."
To support the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome application for national heritage listing you can send a letter of support, including reasons why the site should receive heritage listing to the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee, PO Box 64, Evans Head, 2473.