OUR SAY: Time to make military trail a reality

JUST a few years ago, barely anyone even in Maryborough had heard of Duncan Chapman.

But thanks to the hard work of a small band of people, his name is now known globally in connection with Australia's most significant military moment, the Gallipoli landing - as recognised by the Minister for Veteran Affairs, Dan Tehan.

His role as first ashore on that terrible day cements Maryborough's place in Australia's war history. It is no insignificant connection.

Interest in Anzac and military memorabilia is at unprecedented levels, and the whole region stands to gain from capitalising on it.

The planned second stage of the Fraser Coast military trail will start at the Maryborough Military Museum on Wharf St, visit the Duncan Chapman statue, then head to the proposed Vietnam War museum in Toogoom, and finally end on Fraser Island, the training ground for the Z force in World War II.

It would not just be a few tour buses turning up in Maryborough every April, but a tourism boost for the whole Fraser Coast, creating... you guessed it... much-needed jobs.

The community has thrown its support - and money - behind this project, and the Federal Government has chipped in with $900,000 too.

It would be great to see the State Government also come to the party to make this project a reality.