Rusting piece of sculpture removed
TRAVELLING past Beiers Park at Biggenden, drivers will notice a vacant spot where the sculpture depicting the men of iron who battled for survival once stood proud and tall.
The creation dubbed The Pioneer by Bundaberg artist David Machen and only unveiled on Australia Day in 2010 has found itself in storage.
Councillor Robbie Radel said the sculpture was removed due to safety issues.
“The creation was rusty and pieces falling off,” he said.
“It is now sitting in storage until council can hopefully source funding to repair and reinstall it.”
Cr Radel said those at the council were disappointed to have to remove the structure, but realised the possible danger for people who may get close to the sculpture to be photographed with it.
“We had no option,” he said.
“Since the issues were first recognised, council have put orange bunting around the sculpture to stop people going in.
“But it kept getting ripped down which left council with no option but to remove it.”
The metal sculpture had been a partnership between the community of Biggenden, emerging and professional artists, Queensland Government's Regional Arts Development Fund and North Burnett Regional Council.