Gumnut babies will return to Perth’s Stirling Gardens

City of Perth will replace the gumnut baby sculpture.
Gumnut babies will return to Perth’s Stirling Gardens
City of Perth will replace the gumnut baby sculpture.

NINE months after it was stolen, the City of Perth has voted to replace the gumnut baby sculpture in Stirling Gardens early next year.

In March, Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi tweeted she was “devastated and disgusted” at thieves who cut through steel to take one of the bronze figures, inspired by Australian characters Snuggle Pot and Cuddle Pie.

The City approved a $27,000 replacement for the sculpture by artist Claire Bailey at a meeting last week.

Cr Reece Harley said the sculpture was insured and the cost would not come from council funds.

“The new sculpture will be more difficult to take if a mad person comes along and tries to steal it again as the steel goes deeper into the ground,” he said.

Cr Keith Yong said the theft was very disappointing and it called for improvement on recording in the area.