ANZAC PRIDE: South Gladstone Rotary Club members Stephen Mills, Bruce Hunt, and Peter Corones look forward to replacing the Tobruk Memorial with a new site at the corner of Hanson Rd and Dawson Hwy.
ANZAC PRIDE: South Gladstone Rotary Club members Stephen Mills, Bruce Hunt, and Peter Corones look forward to replacing the Tobruk Memorial with a new site at the corner of Hanson Rd and Dawson Hwy. Mike Richards

Flags to fly as memorial gets new home

THE removal of the Kin Kora roundabout will mark the end of a physical memorial for the soldiers of Tobruk.

But the flags that were proudly flown for more than a decade will live on in a new memorial.

The Rotary Club of South Gladstone initiated the original three flagpoles in the centre of Kin Kora roundabout in 1992 as ceremonial flags.

The flags hadn't been used for the previous decade after the council planted shrubs that overshadowed the flagpoles.

It was also a big safety hazard for members to hoist and bring down the flags.

Rotary members used to cross the highway in the middle of the night to hoist and bring down the flags.

Gladstone region Mayor Gail Sellers said Tobruk Place was not a memorial site as such, but named by the club as part of a project to name all roundabouts on the Dawson Hwy after war events.

"They discontinued this practice after installing the first one due to safety concerns," she said.

PROJECT: Rotarians Ron Heymer, Graham Hartley and McKewen Hosking erected the flagpoles in 1992.
PROJECT: Rotarians Ron Heymer, Graham Hartley and McKewen Hosking erected the flagpoles in 1992. Contributed

Club needs help to fund new memorial

SOUTH Gladstone Rotary Club has missed out on half the funds it needed to build a new memorial.

The club applied for a Centenary of ANZAC Grant of $10,000 to replace the memorial that is being removed from Tobruk Memorial Place - at the current Kin Kora roundabout site - to a new site on the corner of Dawson Hwy and Hanson Rd.

But the club has learned it received just $4300, which will barely get one flagpole into position.

Club director Bruce Hunt said he needed a corporate or community-minded sponsor to help them complete the project in time for next year's centenary celebrations.

"Seeing as the grants program won't fund the total project, what we need is a sponsor or partner for about $5000 to allow the project to go ahead," he said.

"The intent was to have it established before the end of the year."

The project is a joint initiative between the club and Gladstone Regional Council, which will complete the positioning and installation of the flagpoles.

Mr Hunt explained to get the funding, the project had to relate to the Anzacs, whereas the Rats of Tobruk were part of the Second World War.

"Tobruk Place was that intersection and it still is,'' he said. "Gallipoli Place will be this new little section of Memorial Park.

"The intent is to have a set of flagpoles to indicate something special happening in town, whether it be Anzac Day, Australia Day, NAIDOC week or any other special occasion in the city."

Anyone who can help is asked to contact Bruce Hunt on 4972 5600.



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