A Remembrance Day ceremony held at Murgon’s War Memorial in November this year to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II … the poor condition of the paving is obvious

December 17, 2020

South Burnett Regional Council plans to spend an estimated $22,000 to repair the footpath around the Murgon War Memorial.

At Wednesday’s Council meeting, Mayor Brett Otto moved a surprise motion that Council repair and refurbish the paving around the memorial to bring it up to the same standard as the recently renovated CBD footpaths.

Mayor Otto said he had inspected the area recently and found the paving was in a poor condition.

Cr Kathy Duff agreed, saying the paving was a trip hazard.

“At a recent Remembrance Day service we had a 95-year-old Digger attending,” she said.

Cr Kirstie Schumacher, who seconded the motion, said she had also inspected the site and found it was in poor shape.

Mayor Otto said he would like to see the work completed before Anzac Day.

The motion came as councillors discussed installing four new flagpoles at a cost of $15,000 in the nearby Sir James Heading Park.

The four poles will fly the Australian, Queensland, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags.

A temporary flagpole had been erected last month so the Aboriginal flag could be flown during NAIDOC Week.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the new flagpoles and paving upgrade.

Cherbourg mayor Elvie Sandow, Murgon RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Eric Law AM and South Burnett mayor Brett Otto at an official flag-raising ceremony in November which saw the Aboriginal flag in Murgon for the first time

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