Bring our Borobi to Cooly site

Calls for mas­cot at bor­der

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS - Bob An­thony

CUR­RUMBIN’S Cycling Borobi statue fi­nally has a home among the gum trees … and lori­keets and a host of other an­i­mals at the Cur­rumbin Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

Cur­rumbin Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary (CWS) gen­eral man­ager Michael Kelly said he had been in dis­cus­sion GOLDOC be­fore the Games even started about en­sur­ing that there was a le­gacy piece located within the Sanc­tu­ary.

“GOLDOC agreed and we se­cured the Borobi statue that was on the Cur­rumbin beach­front, which was ap­pro­pri­ate given the cycling events that went right past our front door,” he said.

Con­cerns had been raised by Cur­rumbin MP Jann Stuckey that the area might lose the statue and she had called for it to be located at the sanc­tu­ary which she said would make a “per­fect fit”.

Mr Kelly said Cycling Borobi was now greet­ing guests in the Lori­keet Arena which is a free area of the sanc­tu­ary and any­one could come in and have a photo with him at any time.

Mr Kelly said it was a fit­ting that the Games mas­cot located on site be­cause the Cur­rumbin Wildlife Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion re­ceiv­ing a por­tion of the sale of Borobi plush in an agree­ment en­tered into around two years ago.

“The agree­ment in­volved an up­front pay­ment of $50,000 and a fur­ther pay­ment of $50,000 at the end of the Games if the sale of Borobi plush was suc­cess­ful,” he said.

“Borobi was a mas­sive hit with plush lines sell­ing out mid­way through the Games.”

And while one south­ern Gold Coast Borobi re­mains in the area, the fu­ture of Beach Vol­ley­ball Borobi is far less clear.

Gold Coast Di­vi­sion 14 coun­cil­lor Gail O’neill is call­ing for the statue, which was located near the beach vol­ley­ball sta­dium at Coolan­gatta, to be re­turned to the beach. The statue is now fac­ing the Gold Coast High­way at the Broad­beach South light rail sta­tion.

“I un­der­stand that statue was the Depart­ment of Trans­port’s prop­erty and it is now standing fac­ing the Gold Coast High­way at the South Broad­beach light rail sta­tion,” she said.

“Per­haps we need to start a cam­paign to bring back Borobi to Cooly.”

PHOTO: DANIEL MCKEN­ZIE

LOVE HIM: Com­mon­wealth Games mas­cot Borobi is now at Cur­rumbin sanc­tu­ary.

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