Mareeba’s war history will not be forgotten with the Council receiving funding to replace markers across the town, identifying places of the Second World War significance.
Mareeba Shire Mayor Tom Gilmore said the markers of significance acknowledge and commemorate those who served Australia and its allies in wars, conflicts and peace operations.
“The markers are a reminder of the support role the Mareeba community played in defence of northern Australia during the Second World War,” Cr Gilmore said.
“I sincerely thank the Commonwealth and the Queensland Governments for funding this important project to honour and remember our war history.”
Council will install 20 markers at sites within the community that were used to support US and Australian war operations in New Guinea and the South Pacific. These sites are now of historical significance in the Mareeba township and part of its living history. The older existing markers which are deteriorating will be replaced with durable, recycled plastic marker posts. In addition, there will be a plaque installed at Anzac Park to recognise the project.
This project is funded by the Commonwealth Government Department of Veteran Affairs – Saluting their Service Commemorations Program and Queensland Government’s Queensland Veterans’ Memorial Grants Program.