@ James, June 17, 2014,10.47am. You have the correct quote …

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@ James, June 17, 2014,10.47am. You have the correct quote at the start of your comment. When you add the word “large” you are taking me to task by misquoting me.
“Strong objections from parts of the community” is a reasonable summary of what happened when the plan for the statue became public knowledge. In particular there was an emergency meeting of council’s Public Art Advisory Committee called on the day before the unveiling. I was there as a journalist. The meeting was open to the public and well attended, by which I mean standing room only in the Andy McNeill Room. There was a range of views expressed but overwhelmingly the mood was against installation of the statue on the Civic Centre lawns, for a range of reasons. By then, council had already proposed the alternative location of Stuart Park, though without the requisite heritage approvals.
I reported in detail on the unfolding controversy, including the unveiling, in 2010. There was a small vocal protest at the unveiling, which I account for in 67 words out of a 1000+. The links to the key reports have been provided above.

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@ Kylie Johnston. With respect, this is not a ‘media conversation’ but a report from a Town Council meeting open to the public.
Perhaps you will want to take up your concerns with Cr Auricht and Mr Doyle, whose comments are accurately reported.
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