Former Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Daniel Spry and businessman Henry Osiecki first showed their support for the proposed sculpture in 2009.
Former Warwick Chamber of Commerce president Daniel Spry and businessman Henry Osiecki first showed their support for the proposed sculpture in 2009. Toni Somes

Have your say on horse sculpture

THE survey to get opinions on a proposed equestrian sculpture for Warwick closes next week (April 27).

Several hundred people have so far had their say on where the giant sculpture should be located and whether it would be an asset to the community which council should maintain.

The 15 metre-high sculpture, brainchild of local artist John Simpson, is designed to pay homage to Warwick’s equestrian community past and present.

It received in principal but not financial support from Southern Downs Regional councillors at the General Meeting on 22 June 2010.

At the December 2010 General Meeting, Council agreed to seek public feedback on a request by Mr Simpson that Council fund lighting, signage and ongoing maintenance for the sculpture, if the sculpture construction costs of $115,000 plus were funded elsewhere.

Maintenance costs over 25 years have been conservatively estimated by the artist at $10,000.  A costing for maintenance has not been completed by independent consultants or Council officers.

Two locations have been proposed for the sculpture.

The first is in the corner of Queen’s Park on Alice Street opposite the Rodeo Hall of Fame building; the second is at the entranceway to Morgan Park.

You can go online to www.southerndowns.qld.gov.au/equestriansurvey to provide your feedback on the proposal or pick up a printed copy of the survey at Warwick Library or Council’s Warwick customer service desk. 

The survey closes on Wednesday April 27.



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