Lectern to honour Bert
BARGARA Men's Shed members gathered at headquarters yesterday morning for the unveiling of a handmade lectern which is bound for Bert Hinkler commemorative celebrations in Italy next month.
The lectern, made from Australian native timber and featuring a propeller in the design, will hold visitor books and be displayed at The Hinkler Ring , an 8.4km walking trail which recognises the 100 years since Bert Hinkler passed away in the alps of Italy
President of the Bargara Men's Shed Peter "Pedro" Ryan said the lectern took a total of three weeks to complete.
"The base portion is made from Australian blue gum and the lectern top is made from Australian spotted gum," he said.
"On the top of it we have a bit of plaque with details on where it was made and what timbers it is made from.On the left hand side it is in English and on the right it is in Italian."
"There is also a propeller mounted on the front thanks to Jabiru Aircraft Manufacturers."
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett attended the event and acknowledged the hard work put in by members of Bargara Men's Shed.
"We are delighted to see the quality in the project that has been produced here today to help recognise an important Australian who did amazing things not only for aviation but his service to his country in the First World War," he said.
"The lectern will now be packaged and sent on Toll Transport to Italy to make sure it is there for the important unveiling of the basalt rock that was taken from Mon Repos earlier this year."
"I would like to thank members of the Bargara Men's Shed for taking on such an important project. I think it is important that communities all pull together for these important iconic events."
The Hinkler Ring commemorations will be held in Italy on August 2. The circular hiking trail for tourists has been built near the site of the crash where Bert Hinkler died in the Italian Alps in 1933.
It will include formal monuments marking the career of the Bundaberg-born man.