Rust­ing piece of sculp­ture re­moved

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

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