The avenue of mango trees planted in front of the heritage listed railway station in Finch Hatton was originally intended as living memorials for the young servicemen who were lost from this region during WW1. Each tree represents an individual soldier, sailor or airman. These trees are a part of similar plantings that span the Mackay Eungella Road from Mackay out through the valley.
Some of the memorial drive trees themselves have perished over the last 100 years due to accident, storm or lack of proper attention. One, accidentally removed from Pinnacle, has now been replaced by the monument that stands beside the Pinnacle Pub.
Proudly they stand in our town and remind us - Lest We Forget
Who is responsible?
Opinions abound and excuses made, whether it be from Community or Council. But it really depends on how we want to live. It depends on the values we hold dearest and it depends on how we honour our past and look to our future.
LATEST UPDATE FROM THE COUNCIL: 1. The mango/green skip will remain in the carpark of Finch Central until the end of mango season. 2. Council is presently sourcing supply of an injection chemical to inhibit fruiting. 3. Council arborist to assess trimming of trees has been prioritized and a visit should occur within next few weeks. 4. A plan for the management of the memorial trees is to be drafted this year by Council Parks and Gardens in consultation with members of FHPA. 5. Council is prepared to accept submission for maintenance equipment that may be required by FHPA under present grant scheme.