Bullock power for Killarney

President of the Killarney Heritage Association Tony Pearson is excited to get the fibreglass bullocks onto the front of the wagon.
President of the Killarney Heritage Association Tony Pearson is excited to get the fibreglass bullocks onto the front of the wagon. Georja Ryan

THE Killarney Heritage Association is looking forward to welcoming two new members to the team over the coming months - but they're not your average couple.

This pair sport four hoofed legs each and will be of the fibreglass kind, bolted to the entrance of the Heritage Association building on Acacia Street.

Thanks to a $10,000 Regional Arts Development Grant, the association can build two bullocks to put in front of the existing wagon that holds a giant log, which was erected five years ago thanks to a previous RADF grant.

The display is to honour Killarney treasure and household name Eric Reis, now 87, a veteran bullocky.

President of the Killarney Heritage Association Tony Pearson said he was thrilled to be able to honour a local legend and the work he has done over his lifetime.

Mr Pearson said the display as it currently stands has proved a popular spot for tourists to stop and take photos, and with the bullocks it would be even better.

"It will be a big drawcard for the town to stop at the Heritage Centre and it is an enormous thing for the town to recognise the history here," Mr Pearson told the Daily News.

"Eric is a massive part of our folklore here."

Mr Pearson hoped to have the bullocks erected within two months.

"We'll have an official ceremony to honour Eric," he said.

"Then once we're done, the next project is an old 83-year-old, Ralph Affleck from Legume and Killarney, has donated his father's Leyland truck to the centre so that will be going up down the side (of the centre)."



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