New monument celebrates Nambour’s heritage
  • Thursday 17 December 2015
Group gathered at The Mill Tribe monument in NambourA 5.5m tall, 44 tonne steel sculpture which pays tribute to the region’s history has been positioned in Nambour.

The ‘Mill Tribe’ sculpture, made up of old cogs, shafts and rollers from Nambour’s old Moreton Central Sugar Mill, is located at Mill Street roundabout near the Coles shopping centre.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson, who joined former cane farmers to unveil a plaque for the monument today, said the installation helped bring Nambour’s significant history to life.

“Nambour, like many places on the Sunshine Coast, is rich in cultural heritage and this installation is one of several projects Council is delivering to help capture that,” Cr Rogerson said.

“The family-themed sculpture depicts our town’s heritage in many ways and it symbolises human figures – a father, mother, and child – to represent how our community is tied together by our customs and history.

“The sculpture’s figures are in fact made from the old crushing rollers salvaged from the steel furnaces of Bundaberg Sugar when the Nambour Mill closed in 2004.
“It also conveys how our community has stood strong together over time.

“This installation is funded through Council’s Division 10 Capital Works Program, council’s Community Grants program and an incredibly generous donation from supportive community members Rod and Jan Forrester.

“Once again the Forresters have given a significant and generous contribution to a local project, and I thank them immensely on behalf of all Nambour residents.”

Cr Rogerson said council had worked closely with local resident Michael Foley to develop the concept.

“Council also worked with Michael on the gearing sculpture near the Nambour District Skate Park and Youth Activity Precinct, which was installed last year.”