Work to begin on $3M M'boro military memorial next month
WORK on the second stage of the Queens Park military memorial will start next month, complementing the Duncan Chapman statue.
The contract for the memorial's expansion was signed on Thursday by Aspect contractors and the council, with work expected to be completed by June 30 next year.
The Fraser Coast Regional Council is managing the Queens Park project as part of its contribution to the $3 million memorial that will trace the journey of the Anzacs from Gallipoli to the Western Front.
Stage 2 will include vertical weathered steel blades which will form a stylised sculpture of the cliffs of Gallipoli.
A community campaign raised funds for the Duncan Chapman statue, unveiled in 2015 to mark the centenary of the landing.
Maryborough's Duncan Chapman solidified his place in history as the first ashore at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.
The memorials second stage is funded by the Australian Government through a $900,000 grant with a matching $900,000 contribution from the council.
Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk announced a grant of $1 million to allow the project to be completed with interpretative works providing a unique story trail. Maryborough companies are also sponsoring the project with in-kind works.
Nancy Bates, President of the Queen's Park Military Trail Project Committee, a sub-committee of the Maryborough RSL, said locals would be pleased to see works starting on stage 2.
"I have lost count of the number of people who have said Duncan is looking a little lonely in the park. In the next few months we will see a new landmark for the Fraser Coast taking shape as we build what will be an emotional, educational and inspiring experience for all Australians."
Jason Scanes, RSL CEO and committee treasurer, said the interpretive Gallipoli landmark, a Western Front memorial walk and a path dedicated to the battle of Pozieres would enhance the military trail.
"The Queen's Park project will be the catalyst for the greater regional military trail that will pay tribute to the Fraser Coast's proud and varied military history."