The Whale on the corner of bay st and Wharf st Tweed Heads.
The Whale on the corner of bay st and Wharf st Tweed Heads. John Gass

Willie the Whale is an endangered sculpture

WILLIE the Whale may be an endangered species in his prime position in Tweed Heads' Central Business District.

There are dark mutterings that the 4m, three-and-a-half-tonne bronzed sculpture of a whale breaching situated prominently on the corner of Bay and Wharf Sts, should go as part of the area's scheduled $1 million streetscape facelift.

The whale sculpture, which was nicknamed Willie by locals, has been the subject of disparaging remarks since it was unveiled in 1998 by then mayor Max Boyd.

Willie was designed by Brisbane-based artist Rudi Stavar reportedly at a cost of $100,000 and originally had a public fountain installed in the centre.

At the most recent Tweed Chamber of Commerce meeting, Tweed Shire Council engineer Warren Boyd who is overseeing the street upgrade, was told by members that the whale needed to go or at least be given an overhaul.

Chamber spokesman Rory Curtis said his personal view was that it should be re-located to Jack Evans Boat Harbour if it could be done economically.

"It's a bit of a strange place for a bit of sculpture," Mr Curtis said.

Mr Boyd will use feedback from the community to help shape the final design of the street upgrade.

Do you want the Willie the Whale sculpture to be moved to Jack Evans Boat Harbour?

This poll ended on 18 October 2013.

Current Results

No, I love it exactly where it is

19%

I could admire it all the more if it were at Jack Evans Boat Harbour

80%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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