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The proposed Sculpture Walk I DA for Palm Park in Mullumbimby at this stage will most likely come before Council for determination around August. The DA is in the names of one local sculptor and one other local who are asking for the okay for 13 permanent sculpture sites, 12 of which are sight unseen, on our naturally beautiful riverside.

I believe the onus should be upon them to explain why this and Sculpture Walk II (from the scout hall to the pool), which in turn are part of a five-stage tourist-orientated Mullumbimby story trail, should not first be required to be presented as a concept plan open to public submission as it entails the possibly overwhelming use of public land.

Considering the permanent nature of the sculptures perhaps it is not too much to ask that future individual sculptures be on public display for discussion before they become fixtures in the town’s landscape.

I am unfamiliar with Suvira McDonald’s body of work; however, I like the concept, execution and effect of his seat sculpture recently installed in Brunswick Heads. I am unsure if he is the sculptor of the subtle cobweb installation in the tree at the roundabout. I love it. The DA Gateway Sculpture however fails to lead me anywhere. Will I be listened to?

June Grant, Mullumbimby


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