New monument will celebrate Nambour’s heritage
  • Thursday 16 April 2015
Mill Lane Coles Nambour sculpture Sunshine Coast Council

A 5.5m tall, 44 tonne steel sculpture which pays tribute to the region’s history is coming to Nambour.

The ‘Mill Tribe’ sculpture, made up of old cogs and shafts from Nambour’s old Moreton Central Sugar Mill, will be installed at Mill Street roundabout near the Coles shopping centre over the coming month.

Division 10 Councillor Greg Rogerson 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 selfless 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 District Skate Park and Youth Activity Precinct, which was installed last year.”

Work is also underway on the Nambour Heroes Walk, which recognises ex-servicemen and women from the area.

Construction is scheduled to start in the week of 27 April and finish in mid-May, weather permitting.

There will be some changes to traffic during construction – traffic from Mill Lane must turn left at the Mill Street roundabout and link to Currie Street via Civic Way.

Traffic management measures will be in place for the safety of pedestrians and motorists. Pedestrian access will not be affected.