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Innisfail’s landmark Canecutter monument to undergo restoration

Posted on 9th August, 2013

Canecutter1Innisfail’s well-loved canecutter is receiving specialist attention thanks to a partnership between the Italian Community and Cassowary Coast Regional Council.

The historic Canecutter monument, by the river in the heart of town, is being refurbished, with the project scheduled to begin on Monday (AUG 12).

The first signs of work will be the removal of the monument’s railway line railings, which will be sandblasted off-site by Mortimer Engineering and re-painted by Cassowary Coast Regional Council staff, who will also be replacing 12 decorative files missing from an assortment of railing sugar bags and cane knives.

Cairns marble specialists Gori Marbles will work on-site, behind a temporary fence, to refurbish the monument and this will include repairing one of the Canecutter’s hands.

Council will also be restoring the Canecutter’s water fountain so it can be used all the time, with recirculated water.

Mayor Bill Shannon said the monument was a landmark, steeped in history, for Innisfail and the Cassowary Coast region.

“The Italian community gifted Innisfail with the monument in 1959 and its members have been working hard to get their Canecutter restored to his former glory,” Cr Shannon said.

Innisfail Italian Community president Anetta Canu said she will be excited to see the restoration project underway.

“This monument is a tribute and dedication to the early pioneers of the sugar industry,” she said.

“This is a project we have been working on for some time. We’re grateful to the community and those from afar who have generously supported and assisted us to restore the Canecutter monument.”

Cr Ian Rule welcomed the partnership with the Italian community, which raised $25,000 for restoration works.

“I remember the Canecutter monument being erected in Innisfail when I was in school. Over the year it’s become a landmark for the town,” Cr Rule said.

“The Canecutter recognises an important part of Innisfail’s history.”

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