The second stage of Maryborough's military memorial.
The second stage of Maryborough's military memorial.

Public consultation open for deisgn of military memorial

A GRAPHIC design has been released of the second stage of the Queens Park military memorial ahead of public consultation on the project.

The architect's drawing for the Gallipoli to Armistice memorial, the second stage to complement the Duncan Chapman statue, will be on display from today to September 21.

Maryborough's Duncan Chapman served during the First World War and is believed to be the first man ashore at Gallipoli.

Images and explanations of the new design are available in two static displays in the Fraser Coast Regional Council's Maryborough and Hervey Bay offices.

The public can also experience a virtual walk-through of the new design on the council's website.

On September 17, member of the Queens Park Military Trail Project Committee will be on site at the Adelaide St entrance to explain how the second stage of the memorial will fit into the site.

Maryborough RSL Sub-Branch president Jukka Manttari said initial feedback on the new design had been overwhelmingly positive.

"This is destined be a magnificent asset for Maryborough's heritage wealth from both military and tourism aspects."

Nancy Bates, president of the project committee, said the design was elegant and inspiring.

"It synthesises with the landscape and embraces the vision for the park held by those who created it," she said.

A statement from the committee gave a description of the proposed memorial, saying that vertical weathered steel blades would form a sculpture of the cliffs of Gallipoli and a Western Front memorial wall to the Cenotaph would feature a branch path to a memorial to the battle of Pozieres.

The Fraser Coast Military Trail Stage 2 project has been funded with a $900,000 grant from the Australian Government through its National Stronger Regions Fund and a further $900,000 from the FCRC.

Public comment would be included in the final submission to the Queensland Heritage Council for approval to build the memorial in the heritage-listed park.