The first Honour Avenue in Kings Park was an initiative of Mr Arthur Lovekin of the Kings Park Board and dedicated to 404 fallen soldiers on 3 August 1919, on the fifth anniversary of the outbreak of World War I.

Honour Avenues Group. Photo: D. Nicolson.

The families who dedicated the trees and plaques took an active role in the early care and maintenance of the trees and plaques, with the wider community assisting those who did not live close by. The West-Perth sub-branch (now Highgate sub-branch) of the Returned and Services League (RSL) generously gifted resources and assisted the Kings Park Board with maintenance.

The Honour Avenue Committee (now Honour Avenues Group) was formed through the RSL in 1947 to assist the Kings Park Board in the administration of over 300 World War II plaques in Lovekin Drive. The Honour Avenues Group are responsible for the maintenance and preservation of over 1,800 plaques along the Honour Avenues and the WA Centenary plaques along Fraser Avenue.

Further details of the plaques, including photographs, biographies and location maps, are available via the Honour Avenues Group website.

Applications for new plaques

Dedication ceremonies are held regularly each year for plaques approved by the Honour Avenues Group, with a limit of 12 additional plaques per dedication ceremony.

The criteria to apply for a new plaque are that the person:

  • be born in, or raised in, or have enlisted from Western Australia;
  • have no known grave or a grave outside Western Australia (i.e., the official memorial as determined by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is located outside Western Australia); and
  • have served with Australian or Allied Forces or with qualifying organisations as determined by the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and have died within the qualifying periods for the National Roll of Honour as determined by the AWM.

Please contact the Honour Avenues Group for further information.

Forrest Carpark Closure

On Monday 3 October Forrest Carpark and some surrounding paths will be closed for works from 6:30am until 3pm.

BCC building access

There will be limited access to the Biodiversity Conservation Centre building from Thursday 1 September 2022, due to ongoing Water Corporation works.

Water Corporation works

The Water Corporation is replacing approximately 700 metres of ageing water pipes between Mount Eliza Reservoir and Bellevue Terrace in Kings Park.

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New Bold Park Management Plan

The Bold Park Management Plan 2022 - 2027 has been published by BGPA after a period of extensive public consultation

Ready, aim, restore! A new approach to define and achieve restoration targets

A team of researchers from Kings Park Science in Biodiversity and Conservation Science, the University of Western Australia (UWA) and Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain, have led the development of an approach for ecosystem restoration which connects scientific research, restoration policy, and on-the-ground action.

BGPA secures European plant breeding rights

Kings Park-bred waxflower (Chamelaucium) varieties bred by Kings Park have had plant breeding rights secured in the European market for the next 20 years.

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