Unveiling honours those from Fraser Coast lost at sea
FRASER Coast fishers, lost or taken by the sea, have been honoured with a tribute statue of Saint Peter at Urangan Harbour.
The project has been in the pipeline for two years and was the brainchild of Urangan Fisheries owner Keith "Nick" Schulz, but also had much local business support.
Mr Schulz has been involved in the local fishing industry for more than 50 years and knew many of those the ocean has claimed.
He said he wanted the area to have a permanent reminder for those who have been lost or died doing a job that is one of the mainstays of Hervey Bay industry.
Hervey Bay Boat Club president George Duck said Father Pat Cassidy was on hand to officially bless of the Saint Peter memorial.
And he said the statue had already struck a chord with some of the family members of those listed on its plaques.
"There were lots of family members there; some from Toowoomba that we met, and one of those ladies said it had given her the closure she previously didn't have," Mr Duck said.
Butchulla elder aunty Joyce Smith was one such family member, and her words summed up the significance of the event perfectly.
Their journey through the water will be remembered, she told the crowd.