- Wednesday 04 February 2015
Sunshine Coast’s fallen soldiers will be honoured in a new war memorial in Nambour, which is slated for completion before Anzac Day.
Sunshine Coast Council has begun construction on the Nambour Heroes Walk – a collaboration with the Nambour RSL Sub Branch – beside the Nambour District Skate Park.
Divisional councillor Greg Rogerson said the Heroes Walk was one of several elements within the Nambour Youth Activity Precinct which showcase Nambour’s rich history, and celebrate our culture and people.
“I’m very proud Council is delivering this memorial to commemorate the sacrifice of our servicemen and women,” Cr Rogerson said.
“The glass wall in the memorial features photographs of many diggers from our region, however I would like to see a photo of every local fallen soldier included in future stages of this memorial and invite anyone who has these photos to submit them.
“The Nambour RSL Sub Branch contributed funding towards the memorial walls and has provided invaluable assistance throughout the planning and design of the project.”
Nambour RSL Sub Branch president Len Bebbington said the Heroes Walk was an important memorial for the diggers of our region.
“The RSL sub branches wouldn’t exist today without the diggers’ ultimate sacrifice – they are essentially our founders, and we’re proud to be involved with such a great memorial to honour them,” Mr Bebbington said.
“I think this is going to be the best war memorial on the Coast – it’s the first local memorial to use modern DigiGlass, which showcases the diggers’ photographs in a striking, modern way.
“This year the salute for our Anzac Day parade will be conducted at the Heroes Walk – it’s a fitting addition to our commemorations.”
Council and the Nambour RSL Sub Branch jointly received a grant from the ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program by The Department of Veteran Affairs for this project.
- If you have photographs of any of the 139 Sunshine Coast soldiers (from the former Maroochy Shire area) who died in World War I and 79 who died in World War II, please send them to the Nambour RSL Sub-Branch Secretary, PO Box 76, Nambour 4560. They will be collated for future additions to the Nambour Heroes Walk. For further information, please contact the Nambour RSL Sub Branch or Councillor Greg Rogerson (firstname.lastname@example.org / 5441 8373).
- DigiGlass, used for the Heroes Walk walls, encapsulates images in laminated glass, in full colour and high resolution.
- The Nambour RSL Sub Branch is the oldest sub branch in Queensland outside of Brisbane.
- The Nambour RSL Sub Branch will be 100 years old in 2018 – it was formed at the end of World War I.