Council certain on RSL paver plan
GYMPIE Regional Council yesterday accepted that a planned addition to Gympie’s nationally unique Memorial Lane project would be carried out with military precision, despite apparent staff concerns on the subject.
Cr Donna Neilson told this week’s council general meeting there was probably nothing to worry about, in response to concerns about a proposal from the RSL to have pavers installed in the lane’s Reef Street end, with details of deceased service people engraved on them.
Parks manager Ed French had advised councillors that it was important that “the layout and installation should be very structured, uniform and orderly,” something which Cr Neilson said was very much what could normally be expected from ex-military personnel.
Councillors decided to support the plan, put forward by the RSL’s Gympie sub-branch to create walls of remembrance in eight sections of the lane’s wall, with pavers bearing the particulars of deceased ex-service people. With about 1100 pavers able to fit onto the walls, the plan is to sell them for $50 each.