The statue failed the original committee process which recommended council …

Comment on Quigley Down Under? by Stand Tall.

The statue failed the original committee process which recommended council hand it back to the Masons, this action was ignored by council and it has been shopped around the committees until the sympathetic heritage committee passed it.
If the Masons wanted to promote this controversial figure then I say stand him up on your own property out the front of your secret society hall.
A precedent has now been set whereby any group can gift a statue to our council who is then obligated to spend $70,000 plus or look biased. Poor process and very poor result.

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Quigley Down Under?
Captain Cook was the first to discovery Australia, rubbish. Australia was not populated prior, more lies, this bloke is a legend, not a chance.
Comically he is so significant that we stick him in the corner of park and further obscure him with trees and power poles.
Masonic Hall is a much better resting place for him. I’m confident that he isn’t settled yet and once the dead wood is cleared from council he will be moved again.

Quigley Down Under?
All for promotion of this lovely town.

But when your spending other peoples money on it its best to invest it wisely and with minimum risk.

Council had plenty of warning that this statue was controversial, to many offensive and both times he was stood up the process was questionable.

The question is why did the CEO and Mayor take such a risk, it would have been easier and more cost effective to just hand it back? Why did they choose to spend $70K (and most likely more) for what appears to be zero return. What message are they sending, what symbolism is in this statue?

Council may have been wiser to consult widely with the community (not just amongst themselves)as well as listening to the recommendations of the Public Art Advisory Committee.

In regard to promotion of the town for tourism purposes it appears the majority of tourists nowadays come from around the world to engage with our Indigenous Culture and Art as well as to see and explore and tour Uluru, MacDonnell Ranges and other natural landmarks.

I really doubt hoards are arriving to in Alice to look at expensively mounted masonic statues of obscure figures holding a guns.

Its hard to watch so much money be wasted on this statue which brings so much unhappiness to so many people. Bring him down ASAP and park him at the Masonic Hall where those that are really interested can search him out.

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