Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sculpture Plan for Iconic Ferry and Punt

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Sculpture Plan for Iconic Ferry and Punt

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Byline: Jarrard Potter dailyexaminer.com.au

SINCE 2013, Wally Gates has been working on his plan for what should be done to the Ashby ferry and cane punt at Maclean's Ferry Park, and now he thinks the time is right to put his plan into action.

A development application is before Clarence Valley Council regarding the future of the two vessels, which have been on display at the park since 1981.

However, as the elements have not been kind to the vessels, Mr Gates believes he has the answer.

His inspiration comes from his time living in Sydney as a child, and the famous warship that carries the city's name.

"In 1914 the HMAS Sydney sunk the German ship the Emden, and that was months before Gallipoli, which made it our first engagement in World War I," Mr Gates said.

"When they scuttled it, they cut the bow off it and put it in a wall at Milson's Point under the Sydney Harbour Bridge, and the mast and tower is at Bradley's Head.

"I thought we could do the same thing with the Ashby ferry and cane punt. …

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