The committee working to create a miners memorial in the Heritage Park have this week received a helping hand from two Central Queensland University (CQU) design students.
Cobar Shire Council’s acting director of planning and environmental services Stephen Poulter said the Miners Memorial Project Committee has been meeting on a regular basis to consider ideas to develop the concept.
“We have reached the stage where we need to develop architectural and structural drawings of the memorial to progress us to costing and eventually construction stage,” Mr Poulter said.
“A suggestion was raised during one of the meetings that we should look at getting some students involved from the university [CQU] that I lecture for.”
Mr Poulter said he thought it was a very good idea.
“We developed a project scope and sent it to the uni for consideration.
“Following this, the uni sent out an expressions of interest to the students,” he said.
“After consideration of the submissions, the uni and I decided upon two interested students, Roman Buzianczuk and Ross Edwards.”
The CQU students arrived in Cobar on Monday afternoon and jumped straight into work on the project.
They met with the committee at the Heritage Park to look at where the memorial is to be constructed and spoke to them about their ideas for how they wanted it to look.
Yesterday Mr Buzianczuk and Mr Edwards were taken on a tour of the museum to get some inspiration before they began working on the design at the council offices.
Mr Poulter said they would be working on the design again today and would also be looking at some of council’s proposed, under construction and completed projects.
“We will hopefully be in the position of finalising the design drawings on Thursday,” Mr Poulter said.
“We will then give the students an opportunity of visiting other industries in town (possibly Peak Gold Mine) to get a broader understanding of some industries that these students would not normally encounter.”