The once travelling monument dedicated to current and former sailors of Australia’s naval forces will find a permanent home in Rockingham after a location was approved by council on Tuesday. Sailor Jack will disembark at Rockingham’s Naval Memorial Park, becoming a permanent part of the memorial’s tribute to the Royal Australian Navy and the sacrifices of service personnel. The Australian Sailor Pty Ltd, formed in 2008 by retired RAN leading signalman Gavin Ryan, proposed the memorial park as a suitable location in a nod to Rockingham’s close relationship with the navy and the Garden Island-based HMAS Stirling. The city’s report on the proposal agreed the sculpture is relevant to Rockingham’s strong heritage and ongoing connection to the navy and sailing in general, and said Sailor Jack would “become a noted landmark and destination” once installed. It said the city would have to reach an agreement with The Australian Sailor Pty Ltd, which owns all intellectual property rights to the memorial, on ownership, maintenance and repair responsibilities, insurance and other factors required for management. Ongoing maintenance would be covered within the city’s existing operational budgets. A motion to approve the location and authorise the chief executive to work out the finer details of the agreement was passed unanimously. “We’re all very happy to welcome Sailor Jack and it will surely attract lots of positive attention here in Rockingham,” Cr Caroline Hume said in chambers on Tuesday night. Created by award-winning artists Charles Smith and Joan Walsh-Smith, the bronze statue stands at 3.6m and depicts a young man in naval uniform, kit bag slung over his shoulder, as he takes his first steps up a gangway. The sculptors are known for the sculpture in Perth’s Hay Street Mall of Percy Buttons, a popular street performer of the 1930s, and Rockingham’s own Catalpa memorial commemorating the daring escape of six Irish convicts from Fremantle Prison in 1876. The sculpting duo were commissioned in 2016 to create the monument and it was unveiled at Elizabeth Quay in 2017. Sailor Jack had a few temporary homes over the years, including in the Quay and the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle until being put into storage. Seafaring across Perth no longer, Sailor Jack will stand tall on a raised platform, simulating a gangway, alongside Naval Memorial Park’s existing naval monuments: the submarine fin from HMAS Orion and the gun turret from destroyer escort HMAS Derwent. Panels will be installed around the edges of the faux gangway and seating will be provided as part of the installation. It’s a long-held goal of The Australian Sailor Pty Ltd finally being achieved, to erect a permanent national monument to Australian sailors. Prior to the group’s formation, there were no national monuments for the men and women who served Australia at sea. The Federal and State governments, RAN and Lotterywest provided a total $1.1 million to fund the project. Sailor Jack will receive national monument status once the installation is complete. It comes as Australia prepares to welcome submariners and other navy personnel from the United States and United Kingdom under the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal, to be based out of HMAS Stirling on Garden Island. HMAS Stirling is expected to host the rotational presence of US and UK nuclear-powered submarines, alongside American and British service personnel and their families, as early as 2027.