“I like it. I see he’s got a long rifle. He looks like Quigley Down Under,” says Natalie Madrill, taking photos of her children, Ethan and Keithan Reiff, who have climbed onto the base of the statue in the park on Stuart Terrace. Council plans to add signage identifying the statue will also acknowledge its donation by the Freemasons, despite council footing the $70,000 bill for its installation. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
It was supposed to be a gift to the ratepayer from the Freemasons. Now the John McDouall Stuart statue is going to cost the town $75,000. Work has begun on the base: the concrete needs to cure for 28 days before loads can be applied. KIERAN FINNANE reports.
It’s a gift that has come to haunt them and at least the executive seem to have had enough: last night it recommended to town councillors that they give the John McDouall Stuart statue back to the Freemasons. KIERAN FINNANE reports on the latest in the four year long saga. Pictured: The statue being lowered into place for its temporary unveiling in 2010.