New Rising Tide App Brings WWII Stories to Life

23 November 2017 | Recreation & Culture

City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas has launched an app for visitors to the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkway in Concord West to “travel back” to WWII to meet the courageous veterans and civilians who helped secure an Allied victory.

The Rising Tide project introduces a free app that brings to life the extraordinary stories of boat building undertaken during WWII on the Parramatta River and the skilled civilians who excelled beyond expectation.

The app includes an emotionally charged interview with the Kokoda Track Memorial Walkways (KTMW) veteran volunteer guides who tell their unique and heartrending stories.

Visitors can plug in a headset and hear the stories of Tullochs, Green Point, Slazengers, Halvorsens, Concord Hospital, Rivendell and Yaralla as they make their way along the walkway.

The app launch was celebrated at a private reception with City of Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas on Thursday, 16 November to honour New Guinea Veterans who volunteer as guides at KTMW.

“This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign and the significant battles fought in Papua,” says Mayor Tsirekas. “The new Rising Tide app has unique synergies with the Kokoda Campaign, veterans and youth who in the 1940s contributed to Victory in the Pacific.

“It’s a pleasure to recognise our dedicated guides whose unique insights transform the walkway into an experiential visit back in time.”

The Rising Tide project was undertaken in partnership with the Australian National Maritime Museum (MMAPSS funding from Australian Government), City of Ryde and as a Centenary of ANZAC commemorative activity. 

The project also received generous support from the Concord Repatriation Hospital.

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