THE Mount Molloy Cemetery is home to a new cemetery honour roll sign thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Julatten Men’s Shed, the Julatten and Molloy Association of Ratepayers (JAMARR), the Friends of the Mount Molloy Cemetery group and the Mareeba Shire Council.
JAMARR in conjunction with the Mareeba Shire Council made the decision to erect the new sign after the previous one courtesy of Tablelands historian Elwyn Troughton had become run down over time. Mareeba Shire Councillor Lenore Wyatt said the concept of the new sign is to look after something that means a lot to the Mount Molloy community. “Because of rain and wear and tear, the old sign had become dilapidated, so we wanted to spruce the cemetery back up,” she said. “The best part about this project is that it is community led, we at the Mareeba Shire Council have sat back somewhat and let the community groups and organisations take over and drive it home.”
Cr Wyatt said she would like to thank JAMARR, the Julatten Men’s Shed and the Friends of the Mount Molloy Cemetery group for their tireless efforts in ensuring the construction of the sign was a resounding success. Cr Wyatt also wanted to specifically thank certain members of the community who played an integral role throughout this project since it began. “I want to recognise the Secretary of JAMARR John Brisbin and his daughter Varsha Rose Liber Brisbin who took this on as a geospatial mapping project,” she said. “I also have to acknowledge the work of Noel Prowse who is the President of the Julatten Men’s Shed, he and his team have done such a wonderful job with this sign.
“And lastly Doug Stevens, he is out here at the cemetery almost every other day maintaining the grounds and facilities and we are so thankful for his help.” Noel Prowse and Doug Stevens noted that they would like to give a special thanks to the women of the local Country Women’s Association (CWA), of whom donated $200 for wiring of the new fence at the cemetery.