Funding boost for Duncan Chapman Military History project
THE second stage of the Duncan Chapman Military History project has received a boost, with Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss announcing $900,000 in funding from the National Stronger Regions Fund.
The $1.8 million project was of national significance and Mr Truss said it had the potential to draw tourists from all over Australia to the region.
The second stage of the project will feature an eight metre high representation of the cliffs of Gallipoli.
The statue of the first man ashore at Gallipoli, Maryborough's Duncan Chapman, will look upon the cliffs.
The statue was installed in Queens Park ahead of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day in April.
Information bays between the three panels of cliffs will convey the Gallipoli story and sculptures will depict the landing scene at Anzac Cove.
A trench walk depicting the Western Front and a memorial commemorating the battle of Pozieres, where Duncan Chapman was killed, will complete the project.
"The landmark war memorial will tell stories of courage, sacrifice and service of our diggers and preserve the Anzac legend for generations," Mr Truss said yesterday.
Duncan Chapman Memorial Appeal Committee president Nancy Bates said she was thrilled the project had received funding from Federal Government.
She said the next step was gaining additional funding from the State Government and corporate sponsors to bring the project to life.