Monto Mar­vel on the Move

Central and North Burnett Times - - COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD -

FOR more than a decade Monto’s Lions Park has been home to the statue of late Monto Mar­vel Kenny Rus­sell, created in hon­our of the jockey who was trag­i­cally killed at Rose­hill Race­course on Oc­to­ber 9, 1993 when his mount Tuig broke down and fell.

Fol­low­ing com­mu­nity re­quests to up­grade the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing fi­bre­glass statue, a new, life-sized bronze statue has been created thanks to fund­ing from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment un­der the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram, a suc­cess­ful Re­gional Arts De­vel­op­ment Fund bid by Monto Ro­tary Club, and North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

Created by con­tem­po­rary artists Gil­lie and Marc Schat­tner in close con­sul­ta­tion with Ken’s fam­ily, the bronze statue will be in­stalled on the same foot­ing in Lions Park, dur­ing the week of July 22.

The ex­ist­ing statue will be care­fully re­moved from Lions Park un­der the ex­pert guid­ance of Queens­land Mu­seum de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ly­dia Egun­nike.

At the re­quest of Ken’s fam­ily, the orig­i­nal statue will be re­lo­cated to Rock­hamp­ton Race Club, where Ken fre­quently raced in the early part of his ca­reer.

Ken’s wife Carol Rus­sell said Rock­hamp­ton was his sec­ond home, and was a fit­ting re­lo­ca­tion for the ex­ist­ing statue.

“To pre­pare for the in­stal­la­tion of the new bronze I of­fered Rock­hamp­ton Race Club the ex­ist­ing statue as I know how much the club meant to Kenny and how much Kenny meant to the club,” Mrs Rus­sell said.

The new bronze statue Monto Mar­vel – King of the Coast will be for­mally un­veiled to the pub­lic at a com­mu­nity event on Sun­day, July 31 to co­in­cide with the 2016 Emi­rates Mel­bourne Cup Tour of Monto and Eidsvold com­mu­ni­ties.

The Kenny Rus­sel Me­mo­rial Statue Up­grade – Monto project is sup­ported by fund­ing from the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment un­der the Stronger Com­mu­ni­ties Pro­gram.

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