GOING BRONZE: The kelpie statue in Casterton, Victoria. Is there room for one closer to home?
GOING BRONZE: The kelpie statue in Casterton, Victoria. Is there room for one closer to home? Project: Working Dogs

Fund a bronze kelpie statue for Bonalbo

IS THERE room for another kelpie statue in Australia?

Bonalbo's Sharon Tucker thinks so.

She heads a campaign to fund a bronze dog statue in the quiet village of Bonalbo, the birthplace of dog trials in Australia at the 1950 Bonalbo Show.

The winners of that first trial were Bob Taylor and his kelpie, Ginger.

One of the original organisers and entrants, Fraser Ramsey, is still competing today, at 90.

Dog trials are now part of rural culture across Australia.

Yet there are already two bronze kelpie statues in Australia.

One in the town of Casterton, in the far southwestern region of Victoria which claims to be "nationally recognised as the 'Birthplace of the Kelpie'".

A bronze statue of a kelpie sits in front of the town hall.

Then there is the town of Ardlethan, in the Riverina district of NSW which has a sign on the Newell Highway that reads, "Ardlethan, Home of the Kelpie".

A bronze statue of a kelpie sits in the town's park.

Ms Tuckers wants to see a statue of the Bonalbo Working Dog sitting in Bonalbo and for it to becomes famous Australia wide.

"Statues are expensive and Bonalbo is only a little village but we believe that we can do this, with help. We are willing to fundraise and labour but we need help," Ms Tucker said

A Go Fund Me site has been set up by Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland to raise $25,0000.

So far only $245 has been pledged through the site.

As little as $10 helps this vision of a bronze kelpie statue in Bonalbo come true.

The crowdfunding page is now open and is an easy way to direct debit your donation

Go to http://gofundme.com and type in The Bonalbo Working Dog Statue.

Cheque donations should be made out to the Bonalbo Show Society and mailed to Sharon Tucker, 8

More information from Sharon Tucker on 6665 1129 or email thebonalbokelpie@gmail.com



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