Sapper Jacob Moerland Memorial Skate Park Lions Park redevelopment.
Sapper Jacob Moerland Memorial Skate Park Lions Park redevelopment. Submitted

Gayndah remembers him

THEY might be on opposite sides politically, but they came together to announce federal funding of $400,000 to build a memorial skate park to a town's fallen son.

Two candidates for the seat of Flynn, Labor incumbent Chris Trevor and endorsed Liberal National Party hopeful Ken O'Dowd, met the Gayndah community at the site where the park will be built and announced the funding.

The the allocation of funding means the government, together with the Gayndah community, will honour the memory of Sapper Jacob Moerland, by establishing the Sapper Jacob Moerland Memorial Skate Park in Gayndah.

Jacob Moerland was killed in action on June 7 by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan. His funeral was held in his home town of Gayndah on June 17.

Sapper Moerland's mother Sandra said the family hoped the Memorial Skate Park would provide a central meeting place for young people in Gayndah.

“It's a great honour,” she said.

“It means a lot to us that he will be remembered on a long-term basis.

“Jacob would have been thrilled with it.”

The Federal Government will partner with the North Burnett Regional Council to upgrade the Gayndah Skate Park in Lions Park. An “in memoriam” sign will be erected as part of the upgrade. North Burnett Regional Council will manage the project.

The Memorial Skate Park will be a fitting tribute to Jacob from his community, and fulfils a personal undertaking by the Member for Flynn, Chris Trevor, to Jacob's family.

Funding for this project is already included in the budget, through the Infrastructure Employment Projects program.



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