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Help find Gayndah's own 'Red Dog'

WHERE'S BOOTLACE?: Deputy mayor Faye Whelan remembers Gayndah's community dog fondly and is keen to help find his final resting place.
WHERE'S BOOTLACE?: Deputy mayor Faye Whelan remembers Gayndah's community dog fondly and is keen to help find his final resting place. Jack Lawrie

GAYNDAH'S hunt for the canine folk hero "Bootlace" continues, with old newspaper clippings bringing in new information about the legendary dog.

While it is remembered that Bootlace was a cheerful, chubby black labrador who used to walk the main street of Gayndah in the 1960s, North Burnett Regional Council is trying to determine where he was buried.

It was previously believed Bootlace was buried at the cemetery in the monumental section before being moved to the lawn area or alternatively at the Gayndah Court House.

But old clippings of the Gayndah Gazette uncovered from that time suggest there may have been a dispute between the community and a local councillor as to where he should be buried.

As a result, new evidence suggests he may have been buried at Gayndah Bowls Club.

Deputy mayor Faye Whelan remembers Bootlace escorting her and many other children on the morning walk to school years ago.

"I remember he was very big but also very friendly," Cr Whelan said.

"That's why I'm so interested in tracking him down."

The council is calling on any residents who might remember Bootlace or his role in the community to get in touch by going to the Gayndah Council branch or phoning 1300 696 272.

Cr Whelan said once they determined Bootlace's exact burial site, there were plans to erect a community plaque in his honour.

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