BREAKING: Maryborough scoops two prizes at Aussie street art awards

MARYBOROUGH has done itself and the rest of the Fraser Coast proud at the 2020 Australian Street Art Awards.

The statue of Lt Duncan Chapman is the focal point of Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in Maryborough. PHOTO: Shaun Ryan.

Two Heritage City entries walked away with prizes on the Sunshine Coast this evening.

The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial won gold in the Best Monument or Memorial category.

The memorial, located in Queens Park, features Lieutenant Duncan Chapman at its centre.

Lt Chapman was the first Allied soldier to set foot ashore at Gallipoli.

He was born in Maryborough.

The memorial includes a trail along which you can walk and listen to audio stories and come face-to-face with numerous characters who helped the Allied forces to victory in World War 1.

The Maryborough Mural Trail was awarded silver in the Best Street Art Trail category.

The project features nearly 40 murals and has helped attract visitors to the city.

The Australian Street Art Awards said when announcing the finalists last month that Maryborough was fast becoming known as a ‘mural city’ and that people were travelling hundreds of kilometres to view the artworks.

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The trail is around 2km long.

Well done to both the projects for delivering more #FraserProud moments to the region.

Meanwhile, it has been a great week for the region in terms of travel and tourism-related announcements.

Torquay Beach was ranked in the top ten Queensland beaches for the 2020 / 2021 summer season by Surf Life Saving Queensland and Hervey Bay was named as the third most welcoming Australian destination by international online reservations company, Booking.com.

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Wotif also named WetSide Water Park as the country’s best water park and amusement park, while it also ranked Hervey Bay as the seventh most popular Aussie tourist town for 2021.

The K’gari World Heritage Discovery Centre at Kingfisher Bay Resort in K’gari (Fraser Island) was officially opened on Monday.

The centre explains the cultural importance of the world’s largest sand island to the local Butchulla community.

It is also geared towards increasing visitor understanding, appreciation and conservation of the island.

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