Works have started on a new war memorial for Werribee.

Pouring of foundations began for the memorial at the corner of Princes Highway and Cherry Street, on Monday.

The site marks the beginning of Werribee’s Avenue of Honour, which was established in 1918.

Representatives from the Werribee RSL attended an official sod-turning ceremony for the memorial on Friday last week, along with RSL Victoria’s state president Dr Robert Webster and Wyndham councillors.

The state government contributed $184,410 to fund construction of the memorial, which will honour soldiers from the area who died during World War I.

Werribee RSL branch vice-president David McDiarmid said he was looking forward to seeing the memorial built.

The memorial will include the names of 60 fallen soldiers from the Werribee area, with each of the names etched on to individual bluestone blocks that will form two rounded walls to represent the shape of a poppy.

The centre of the monument will contain a granite structure featuring an etched Australian Rising Sun badge and a carved Sword of Sacrifice.

A gravel path leading to the memorial will be lined with plants of Gallipoli rosemary and Anzac roses.