Names needed for memorial plaque
THE group of men who successfully lobbied for a statue of St Peter to be erected on the rock wall at Urangan Marina in honour of those lost at sea are seeking public assistance.
Commercial angling professionals from Urangan Fisheries and its sister company Schultz Fisheries upped petitions to local and state governments for support to get the statue installed earlier this year.
Both levels of government have since backed the project and Urangan Fisheries' Rob McLachlan said it was now time for the public to submit names of local people who have gone missing or perished at sea.
He said the names gathered would be printed on a plaque to be placed at the base of Saint Peter, allowing those fallen to rest under his watchful eye.
"They're planning to get it up this year and officially opened next year by the archbishops in Brisbane and Ted Sorensen," Mr McLachlan said.
"In the meantime, we want to get a list of names from relatives and the like of people to find out who is missing.
"There's a plinth under the statue, one side will be for those lost and never found and on the other side will be those who lost their life at sea."
The marble statue was sculpted in Italy and cost $17,000 to build. Mr McLachlan said anyone with information on people they would like named on the list should contact him on 4125 1485 or firstname.lastname@example.org/