Mundubbera Centenary Memorial Gardens
Following the 2010-11 flooding event, a community space that would provide a place for families to come together to have BBQs and a chat was envisaged for the Mundubbera Community. This project has been driven by the community and it is hoped that both the project and the finished product will assist in the healing process of the community.
The Mundubbera Gardening Group, the North Burnett Regional Council and the Centenary Celebrations Committee collaborated on the plan for the project. The Council used funds provided through the Flexible Funding Program under the Community Development Recovery Package to fund a third of the project.
Volunteers painted supersized game boards on the floor of the space and pick up sized pieces have been provided to play with. Gardens were developed around the site and pathways have been made with pavers engraved with the names of local families – community members purchased these as a part of a fundraising effort for the gardens. A memorial to ‘Disaster Heroes’ was sited in the gardens and four flood story boards were also included; these describe the flood events of 1942 and 2010, focussing on how community members cane together to support each other.
The Centenary Memorial Gardens were officially opened by Dr Rob O’Regan AM QC, a Mundubbera local and former head of the Law School at UQ and Chairman of the Criminal Justice Commission as well as National Chairman of the Red Cross, on Saturday 24th March 2012. Approximately 2000 people attended the opening celebrations which were a part of the Mundubbera Township Centenary and 150 Years of Settlement Celebrations which also included a street procession, a morning tea with entertainment, lunch served by service clubs, dance, fashion parade and a karaoke evening at the local pool.