Saskia Lafebre with Travis the Mary River turtle. The species is being honoured with a statue in an outdoor interpretive display and educational walk at the Tiaro Visitor Centre.
Saskia Lafebre with Travis the Mary River turtle. The species is being honoured with a statue in an outdoor interpretive display and educational walk at the Tiaro Visitor Centre. John Gass

Govt shells out $60,000 for Mary River turtle display area

THE bronze-cast Mary River turtle sculpture commissioned by the Fraser Coast Council in 2011 finally has a place to call home, thanks to a $60,000 injection to the Tiaro Visitor Centre.

The council has been granted $60,000 from the State Government to create an integrated outdoor interpretive display and educational walk fully dedicated to the Mary River creature.

Tiaro Land Care Group's Marilyn Connell said the project was a victory for the team of dedicated turtle protectors.

"We've been waiting for this for a long time," she said.

Ms Connell said the turtle sculpture, which has been housed at the Tiaro Library since its unveiling in December 2011, would now have a new home at the visitor centre.

"We're really excited that finally Mr T is able to move into his resting place," she said.

She said the inhabitants of the Mary River - the cod, lungfish and the turtle - made the Fraser Coast area unique and the tourist centre upgrade would be a welcome boost to the region's tourism.

"Everyone who passes through to the Fraser Coast must go through Tiaro," she said.

"It's a fantastic place to get people to stop and be introduced to the Fraser Coast."

The upgrade was announced by Member for Maryborough Anne Maddern on Wednesday.



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