Reuniting Big Lizzie with her lost wagon

A Liberal Nationals Government will help the iconic Big Lizzie reclaim her lost wagon ahead of the Red Cliffs centenary celebrations.

Member for Mildura Peter Crisp has announced a Liberal Nationals Government will provide $150,000 to construct a concrete slab for the second trailer and a protective cover sympathetic to the main Big Lizzie installation.

The Big Lizzie tractor and her wagon have stood proudly in Barclay Square for decades, after playing a vital part in clearing land for soldier settlers to move onto land at Red Cliffs in early in the 20th century.

The second wagon had been missing for nearly 50 years when it was rediscovered, recovered and restored.

As part of centenary celebrations in 2021, the community wants to reunite Big Lizzie with her second trailer.

“Our history here in Sunraysia is incredibly diverse, and it’s important to recognise the various journeys we have taken to make our communities what they are today,” Mr Crisp said.

“Big Lizzie is symbolic of the hard work, the trials and tribulations, but also the ingenuity and resilience, those soldier settlers went through.”

The Red Cliffs Focus Group and Red Cliffs Historical Group have spent the past two years planning for the centenary celebrations.

Mr Crisp said that with so much passion and effort put in already, and two more years to go, it was sure to be a celebration to remember.

“There has been a lot of hard work done to find and restore the second wagon and like many people, I can’t wait to see it reunited with Big Lizzie,” Mr Crisp said.

“Congratulations to everyone for pitching in and continuing to make Red Cliffs such a vibrant and unique community.”

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