Tribute to lost aviators

THE Queensland Recreational Aircraft Association has approached the Southern Downs Regional Council requesting they erect a sandstone monument at the aerodrome grounds.

QRAA secretary Dr Phil Goyne wrote to council requesting the monument be assembled, complete with a plaque to honour those who have passed away from aircraft accidents.

"It's just an idea we came up with at one of our aero club meetings," Dr Goyne said.

"We thought there were some pretty important people involved in the aerodrome.

"We think it would be good to have something there to remember all those who gave a lot of time and those who have passed."

He said after he sent the letter to council, the feedback seemed positive.

"They seemed interested, so we'll just have to see what happens when they discuss it," Dr Goyne said.

The aerodrome is on Massie Bony Mountain Rd, halfway between Warwick and Allora.

The aerodrome was established by the people of Warwick and Dr Goyne said since its establishment, it has been expanding ever since.

Deputy Mayor Ross Bartley said he would personally support a monument being constructed at the aerodrome if it was at no cost to council.

"The budget will impact on any decision we make and I would certainly like to know the costings on it," Cr Bartley said.

"If it was at no cost to council that makes our decision a little bit easier."

He said the aerodrome was a significant part of the region and deserved a monument, but the council would decide whether it was in the budget's reach.

"We've had some really good people go through that aerodrome," Cr Bartley said.

It will be discussed at tomorrow's meeting.



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