Back in January 2009 in the comments section on a story on tourist attraction for Canberra a Big Bunyip was suggested for Gungahlin.
By September the Gungahlinites were convinced that they were indeed going to get a bunyip.
Today Jon Stanhope has announced that the bunyip has been commissioned.
A sculpture of a popular children’s book character has been commissioned by the ACT Government for the Gungahlin Town Park and will be installed in early 2011.
Chief Minister and Minister for the Arts and Heritage, Jon Stanhope, said Melbourne artist, Anne Ross, would re-create the character of Alexander Bunyip from the 1970s children’s book, The Monster that Ate Canberra, by Michael Salmon.
“The Bunyip is well-known to those who lived in Canberra during the 1970s and 80s and still features on the shelves of our public libraries,” Mr Stanhope said. “The idea for the sculpture came from the Gungahlin community and I believe it will make a lively addition to the Gungahlin Town Park.”
The bronze sculpture will be installed in the Gungahlin Town Park, on the corner of Hibberson and Gozzard Streets and outside the new Gungahlin Library which is currently under construction.
We might need to have some sort of function at the feet of our bunyip when it arrives.