Funding announced for Hinkler Ring project

MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett has today announced funding through the Anzac Centenary Coordination Unit (ACCU) of almost $37,000  to support The Hinkler Ring Memorial Monuments and Related Matters Association to assist in the delivery of the Hinkler Ring and unveiling event.

Mr Bennett welcomed the funding today, which he said would conclude an 8.4km registered mountain trekking track on Mt Pratomagno in Tuscany Italy, where Bert Hinkler lost his life on 7 January 1933 in his de Havilland Puss Moth while on route from the UK to Australia in attempt to create another world-record breaking flight in the advancement of aviation.

"There are few Australians in the 20th century who started from less humble beginnings in life to go on to inspire our nation and the world in achieving great things through the development of aviation at its infancy….   I am referring to Squadron Leader Bert Hinkler AFC DSM - better known as "Australia's lone eagle" and 'the boy from Bundaberg'," Mr Bennett said.

"This man, like thousands of other Australians, volunteered and fought in World War I, seeing action on the Western Fronts of France and Belgium in 1914-17, and in northern Italy in 1918. He was decorated with the Distinguished Service Medal.

"On 7 January 2015, a ceremony in my electorate at Mon Repos Beach was held to witnessed the removal a 1.4 tonne basalt boulder, which will be the main feature of a new site and Memorial Monument.

"It's symbolic significance is that Mon Repos Beach is where Bert first flew in his homemade glider in 1912," he said.

Mr Bennett commended all those involved for their commitment to dedicating this monument to the boy from Bundaberg -  Squadron Leader Bert Hinkler AFC DSM.

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