Keith Robertson (left) with Greg O’Sullivan and Steve Grice on the 100-year-old frame saw at the Robertson Brother’s Sawmill. Mr Robertson supports a call to have a statue of Gympie’s world champion axeman Vic Summers included in the Monkland St entry statement that pays tribute to the region’s timber history.
Keith Robertson (left) with Greg O’Sullivan and Steve Grice on the 100-year-old frame saw at the Robertson Brother’s Sawmill. Mr Robertson supports a call to have a statue of Gympie’s world champion axeman Vic Summers included in the Monkland St entry statement that pays tribute to the region’s timber history. CRAIG WARHURST

Call to add sculpture of Vic Summers to Monkland St entry

RETIRED builder Keith Robertson has worked with timber all his life.

Just like his old mate, eight-times world champion axeman Vic Summers.

So when Mr Robertson read our story last Thursday in which local resident John Green said the Monkland St entry statement should pay tribute to Gympie's legendary 94-year-old timber feller, he was in total agreement.

Mr Robertson says it's a great idea and hopes Gympie residents join the call to immortalise one of our greatest sportsmen.

Mr Summers and Mr Robertson go back a long way. Not long after establishing their building company, Robertson Brothers, in 1952, Keith and Lindsay Robertson built a house for Mr Summers at Monkland.

Mr Robertson agrees Gympie Regional Council is on the right track erecting the entry statement as a monument to the region's timber industry.

"But add a sculpture of our great axeman Vic Summers - what better tribute could you have?" he said.