The memorial site on the outskirts of Maryborough where the frilled-neck lizard sculpture was stolen.
The memorial site on the outskirts of Maryborough where the frilled-neck lizard sculpture was stolen.

Thief’s low act at memorial site for M’boro man

FOR 12 years, a large concrete frilled-neck lizard guarded the spot where Janene Slattery's brother had died, watching over the site when his family and friends couldn't be there.

But during a recent visit to the spot on the outskirts of Maryborough, the sculpture of the frilled-neck lizard was gone.

So too were the toys children had placed on the memorial for John who was just 39 when he died.

Janene told the Chronicle John was a kind-hearted person and he loved animals and nature.

Fishing was his passion.

But underneath his outgoing personality, he was struggling.

"A little bit of depression got him," Janene said.

The family regularly visits the spot where John took his own life.

It's somewhere quiet to think and to remember him.

The frilled-neck lizard honoured John's love of nature.

To go to the site and see his cross still standing, but the lizard gone, was devastating for his family.

Janene posted on Facebook this week in a bid to open the thief's eyes to the pain they had caused.

She was hoping that if they saw the post, they would realise how much that lizard meant and might return it to the site.

Janene's not optimistic, but she said no matter what happens, another sculpture would be placed.

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