Sculpture idea is on hold

Council responds to public criticism of $30,000 spend

STRONG feedback from the public was a major factor in council deciding to delay spending $30,000 on a sculpture.

The Rural City of Wangaratta Council had put out expressions of interest for artists interested in creating a sculpture to sit outside the Wangaratta Sports Development Centre at the showgrounds.

But the publication of an article about the sculpture commission in the Wangaratta Chronicle, followed by a tirade of complaints on the Chronicle’s Facebook page, as well as feedback given directly to council, has contributed to the project being put on hold.

Council will hold off until the Showgrounds Draft Master Plan is completed before deciding where the sculpture would be located and what the design brief should be.

Council’s director community wellbeing Jaime Carroll, confirmed some of the feedback directly questioned why council was spending the money on public art.

“The community has a right to question us on the projects we are spending money on and we certainly welcome that input,” she said.

“We want them to feel that they can contact us and let us know what they feel.”

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