Memorial Garden - Victoria Police Academy. Josh Prestney OX 2009
Wednesday, 5 May 2021

A Memorial Garden to honour the four Police Officers who died in the Eastern Freeway accident (April 2020), was recently dedicated by Chief Commissioner, Shane Patton, at the Victoria Police Academy Glen Waverley

The garden includes four olive trees, one for each of the police. (Photo shows Josh Prestney's family at the olive tree dedicated to his service and life).

The garden was designed and constructed, with all plants, equipment and services donated, by the horticultural industries of Melbourne.

Geoff Connellan (OX 1964), a water management consultant, coordinated the supply and installation of the irrigation system for the garden.

During the dedication ceremony, on 24 April 2021, the families expressed their gratitude and appreciation for a memorial that will continue to grow and honour the lives of the four police.  

Photo: Ray Prestney (Andrew’s father), Andrew Prestney, o
n the right side of the tree from left to right:
Liz Anderson (my mum), Alex Prestney OX 2010, Rachel Amos (Alex’s partner), Belinda Prestney, Stacey Ryall (Josh’s girlfriend).