Creating history buzz

Alan Barnes with Sally Leo and the Shire of Chittering’s Karen Dore next to Alan’s sculpture, Wheels of Time. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396674
Alan Barnes with Sally Leo and the Shire of Chittering’s Karen Dore next to Alan’s sculpture, Wheels of Time. Picture: Matthew Poon www.communitypix.com.au d396674

‘The Chittering sculpture trail has been an important local tourist attraction for more than 10 years, so we are building on this success by extending the trail to Wannamal, increasing the number of sculptures and improving trail signage,’ she said.

The Community Sculpture Trail Funding Scheme has allocated $5000 for extending and improving the existing trail.

At meetings held on October 11 and February 14, the Chittering Community Planning Advisory approved funding for its first two sculpture projects: $487.47 to pay for materials for two sculptures titled Wannamal Bells, and $140 for a Brockman Centre sculpture titled Wheels of Time.

Ms Dore said the Wannamal Bells works were particularly significant, as they were unveiled on Australia Day at the old Wannamal School site.

‘We are so pleased to mark these historical sites with sculptures for visitors to enjoy for years to come,’ she said.

Bindoon Arts and Crafts club secretary Sue Sim said her husband and Men’s Shed handyman Alan Barnes built the Wheels of Time spinning wheel sculpture using antique machine parts.

She said the sculpture, installed outside the Brockman Centre during a community busy bee last December, captured the creativity of the club, as well as the historical focus of Bindoon Heritage Museum.

‘It adds interest to the area and is wonderful for attracting visitors,’ she said. ‘We have a lot of people come off Great Northern Highway just for a photo; it’s larger than life.’