Government's Remembrance Day gift to Gympie

Peter Beebar, David Sims, Keith Haack, Kev English, John Williams and Phil Jensen show their gratitude to the State Government and the council for their work in ensuring wartime sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Peter Beebar, David Sims, Keith Haack, Kev English, John Williams and Phil Jensen show their gratitude to the State Government and the council for their work in ensuring wartime sacrifice will never be forgotten. Craig Warhurst

YESTERDAY'S State Government gift of Kandanga War Memorial land to the people was an important Remembrance Day gesture to the Mary Valley, Gympie MP David Gibson said yesterday.

The State Government yesterday transferred the once privately owned land, which was bought for the Traveston Crossing Dam project.

Mr Gibson, who also chairs the Mary Valley Advisory Group, said the handover was an occasion for reflecting "on where the Valley had come from and what it has been through".

Deputy Premier and Planning Minister Jeff Seeney said the timing of the transfer was a good fit with tomorrow's Remembrance Day commemorations.

"My department asked (the) council to suggest several properties owned by the Co-ordinator General that could be transferred back to the community and the block next to the memorial in Main St, Kandanga was (one of those) identified.

"We've reconfigured the survey to provide a lot of 251sq m that can be given to the council and the community."

Mr Gibson said it would formalise the current use of the land and help establish a Kandanga Memorial Park.

"I am proud to be here today to make this gift to Cr Julie Walker (representing the council) as it shows our government's commitment to rebuilding the Mary Valley," Mr Gibson said.

"Other town development and urban expansion opportunities will be determined as the strategy is progressed."

Gympie Times

Topics:  remembrance day, war memorial

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