Maroochy Air Crash Memorial site official launch
  • Thursday 07 March 2013

The permanent Maroochy Air Crash Memorial site will be officially opened with a formal dedication on Saturday 9 March at 10.30am alongside the Maroochydore Surf Lifesaving Club, Maroochydore.

Sunshine Coast Division 8 Councillor Jason OPray – who will provide an address at the ceremony – said the memorial was an important historical record and commemoration of those killed and injured as a result of the worst aviation disaster in the history of the Sunshine Coast.

“The tragic accident occurred on the morning of 30 December 1950 when a military plane that had been undertaking a routine shark patrol crashed onto the beach directly in front of the Maroochydore Surf Club, killing three children and seriously injuring over 14 people,” he said.

“There were many hundreds of holiday-makers on the beach and even more in the water at the time.

“The memorial site provides an important permanent commemoration and dedication to the many people whose lives were forever changed on that day in 1950.”

Council undertook the works which included the installation of the Air Crash Memorial Plinth and granite slabs.

Hon Fiona Simpson MP will undertake the keynote address at the ceremony, Mayor Mark Jamieson will provide an address on behalf of Sunshine Coast Council and Cr OPray will present the local councillor address. Several eye-witnesses to the 1950 crash will also participate and the RAAF Amberley Band and the Buderim Male Choir will perform.

Everyone is welcome to attend.