New venue for Anzac services would accommodate 6000
THE Fraser Coast got its first look at a new war memorial area that would have the capacity to house much larger crowds for important service events.
The new area, near the Hervey Bay Community Centre, would feature a large statue of a member of the Light Horse charging as its central piece provided the project gets funding.
Hervey Bay Returned and Services League sub-branch president John Kelsey said Freedom Park was simply too small to cater for the size of crowds that attend events like Anzac Day in the current age.
"This is the new centre of town and it would be ideal if it was also where we remember our fallen countrymen," Mr Kelsey said.
"We want to do it by 2014 because people have said they aren't coming to Freedom Park next year."
Hervey Bay RSL president Bernie Devine said he saw people walking away from Freedom Park at this year's Anzac event because it was filled to capacity.
He said the new venue, which would feature a statue of a horse jumping sandbags at the centre of an amphitheatre environment, would allow more than 6000 people to be involved in services.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said the project was still in a concept stage, with funds still needing to be acquired and the council to decide if the project fit into its planning for the proposed site.
Hervey Bay RSL president Bernie Devine said those behind the project were trying to get part of the funding from the Federal Government.
He said the rest would be collected through fundraising and was hopeful the business community would get behind the project.