Hervey Bay Boat Club president George Duck and Schulz Fisheries operations manager Rob McLachlan at the site where the statue of St Peter will be positioned.
Hervey Bay Boat Club president George Duck and Schulz Fisheries operations manager Rob McLachlan at the site where the statue of St Peter will be positioned. Alistair Brightman

St Peter’s on his way to watch over Fraser Coast fishers

THE foundations for a $17,000 statue of Saint Peter at Urangan harbour - a tribute to local fishermen who have been lost at sea - will be poured this week.

Schulz Fisheries operations manager Rob McLachlan said the intention was to have it unveiled to the public at the Blessing of the Fleet on August 3.

However before the statue is shown, Mr McLachlan said the team behind it wanted to ensure they had the names of those lost so they could be engraved on a plaque that would be fixed.

"This is the last call before the plaque gets made up and we want to ensure it's done right," Mr McLachlan said.

"We realise there are some people who have contacted us with details before but we want them to get in contact with us again so we can reconfirm any details they previously gave us and ensure they are correct."

Mr McLachlan said the project was the brainchild of Nick Schulz, who operates Urangan Fisheries and Schulz Fisheries, and who trademarked and promoted Hervey Bay scallops.

He said the statue had been in planning for about two years, with the 1.8m cast of the patron saint of fishermen to be erected on the trawler wall of Urangan harbour.

Saint Peter was one of 12 apostles chosen by Jesus from his first disciples and was originally a fisherman.

Phone Rob McLachlan with information on lost fishermen on 4125 1485 or email rob@uranganfisheries.com.au/.



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