M'boro cenotaph is dirty and mouldy, man complains

A MARYBOROUGH man has called on Fraser Coast Regional Council to clean-up the city's cenotaph, which he says is mouldy and dirty.

Peter Meaby believes the Maryborough Cenotaph, less than a decade away from its 100-year anniversary, is in a state of disrepair ahead of Thursday's Anzac Day ceremonies.

He said visitors to the memorial, which is in Queens Park, would be disappointed in its dilapidated appearance and said it appeared as though the cenotaph had not been cleaned in a number of years.

"The mould is really bad," he said.

"It is disgusting."

He said the January floods may have added to the mould.

Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said extensive works on the area around the cenotaph had been completed in November last year, while a project in 2011 had seen the cenotaph itself cleaned and repaired.

He said due to the nature of the historic cenotaph, all repairs and cleaning had to be undertaken in consultation with the heritage committee and RSL.

"The cenotaph is very important and council regularly engages specialist contractors to undertake cleaning and renovation work," Cr O'Connell said.

"Although Queens Park was flooded in the Australia Day weekend flooding this year, the cenotaph was not affected."

Cr O'Connell said work was about to start to renovate the nearby gates to straighten and repaint them.

The cenotaph includes five Italian Carrara marble statues.

It was erected in 1922 as a memorial to the region's young men killed in the First World War.