Landscaping works on Nagambie site in preparation for October 24 opening.By Karen Hodge
Volunteer helpers lent a hand to spruce up the controversial life-size Black Caviar statue site on Nagambie’s main street last week.
A group of parents from the Nagambie Pre-School and Childcare Centre were among a handful of community members donning gardening gloves and spades to help workers dig out garden beds and plant greenery at the Jacobsons Outlook site last Wednesday.
There has been a frenzy of activity at the famous mare’s statue location in recent days as workers and a landscaping team prepare for the statue’s official unveiling on October
Some Nagambie residents petitioned against Strathbogie Shire Council’s chosen location for the bronze statue slap bang on the historic site of the former Chapel on the Lake church. Petitioners said they had not been given a say in the decision.
The 1885-built church was destroyed 10 years ago when a truck crashed through it.
During planting work last week some of what were believed to be original bricks of the former church were even dug up in the soil by volunteers.
Some original bricks from the church had been used at the site to mark where it once stood while there was a small display telling the story of the church’s history. However, this was all removed to make way for the statue.
The bronze statue of the unbeaten sprinter being ridden by jockey Luke Nolen will be kept under wraps until next Thursday’s official unveiling in front of a live television audience, racing identities, local residents and school and kindergarten children.
Melbourne sculptor Mitch Mitchell has spent months creating the statue based on a photo of Nolen riding the mare to victory in the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley two years ago. The photo is on this page and was published by the Telegraph when the idea was first mooted publicly a few days later.
Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody will join breeder Rick Jamieson and Nolen at the unveiling.
Official proceedings begin at 11
There will also be a salmon and black themed fashion parade at 10.30
Volunteers Tim Purbrick, Kristy Wright and Clare Purbrick tend to the newly laid native plants at the Black Caviar statue site.
The controversial site of the Black Caviar statue is prepared for the statue's arrival.
Black Caviar winning the Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley in 2011. Photo courtesy of Slickpix.
Nagambie Pre-School and Childcare parents committee members Sandi Johnson and Libby Parris get stuck into planting at the Black Caviar statue site.
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