Statue bid: Mayor calls for Banjo Paterson seat for Robertson Park | Poll

MODEL: Grenfell's statue. Photo: Grenfell Record
MODEL: Grenfell's statue. Photo: Grenfell Record

Orange mayor Reg Kidd has called for a brass seat with a statue of Banjo Paterson costing up to $80,000 to be installed at Robertson Park.

Cr Kidd said the structure, similar to one of Henry Lawson in Grenfell, would be a tourist attraction.

He said Paterson was Orange’s “most famous son” and should be properly recognised.

Cr Kidd said he would look to form a public committee to raise funds for the work.

The mayor outlined his plans at the Breakfast with Banjo event at Banjo Paterson Park on Saturday.

“I’d like to see if there is any interest out there,” he said.

“I had some people approach me [on Saturday] to say they would be keen to be involved.”

Cr Kidd said that while there were statues and monuments at Banjo Paterson Park this statue should be in the CBD.

“We really do need an appropriate statue in the centre of town,” he said.

Cr Kidd said he had been impressed with the structure in Grenfell which he said had proven popular with people keen to be photographed with the statue.

‘It has been a huge hit. I’ve been there, I’ve spoken with the mayor and I’ve had my photo taken with it,” he said.

“It’s great. I think the seat idea is just absolutely fabulous. I think it is time to look at something like that.”

He said it would cost between $60,000 and $80,000 but it was a worthwhile investment.

There have been various proposals for Banjo Paterson monuments in the past few years.

A seat/statue of Banjo was moved from outside the library to Banjo Paterson Park when the Orange Visitors Centre was built.

A large replica of the poet’s hat was commissioned by former councillor Chris Gryllis. It was positioned around Orange, and is now on display at Yeoval.