JOINING THE TRAIL: Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president Brian Tidyman in front of the Light Horse Statue at Freedom Park. The park will join the Fraser Coast Military Trail once additional plaques and signs are erected near the statue.
JOINING THE TRAIL: Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch president Brian Tidyman in front of the Light Horse Statue at Freedom Park. The park will join the Fraser Coast Military Trail once additional plaques and signs are erected near the statue. Blake Antrobus

Fitting tribute: Interpretive centre to honour Light Horse

THE next powerful component of the Fraser Coat Military Trail could centre around Hervey Bay's acclaimed Light Horse Statue.

Should it go ahead, the Hervey Bay Australian Light Horse Interpretive Centre would tell the story of the Middle East campaign during World War I.

Permanent displays would detail the reason for Australia's involvement in the Middle East, tracing main battles and focusing on the legendary Beersheba charge depicted by the sculpture at Freedom Park, Pialba.

The Hervey Bay RSL Sub Branch, which raised funds to make the statue a reality four years ago, is in the process of applying for a government grant.

Sub Branch President Brian Tidyman said there had already been great interest in the project and hoped it would attract support in business and government ranks.

He said the success of the Middle East campaign was largely due to a combination of sturdy and courageous men from the Australian Light Horse Brigade, Australian Camel Corps and the New Zealand Mounted Rifles Brigade, who stayed behind to guard the Suez Canal after the main Anzac forces went from Egypt to the Western Front.

The interpretive centre would form an important part of the region's developing military trail and dovetail into the Queen's Park "Gallipoli to Armistice” complex being built in Maryborough.

The $3.2 million Queen's Park project traces the journey of the original Anzacs from Gallipoli to the Western Front.

The Maryborough complex, due to open in July, will make brief mention of the Middle East campaign and link directly to the Australian Light Horse Interpretive Centre in Hervey Bay, which would follow the complete journey from Sinai through Saudi Arabia and Palestine to Jerusalem and Damascus.

Would you like to see this project become a reality? Email jessica.grewal@frasercoastchronicle.com.au or comment below.



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