Great Cod Almighty

CAN you think of a suitable monument to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Lions Club in Goondiwindi? 

Well, Lions Club member Peter Smith  has.

He was inspired by something he saw on a trip to New Zealand

 “It was this beautiful, naturalistic statue of a trout. I took a photo, and suggested we do something similar with one of our famous local fish for out 50th Anniversary. And the club agreed,” Peter said.

That was two years ago, and now his vision has been brought to “life”. 

Natureworks, who has created models for Sea World, has constructed a giant statue of Goondiwindi’s favourite fish, the Murray Cod, and it will arrive tomorrow morning, sadly too late for us to get a pic. 

“We were going to have a Golden Perch (yellowbelly) but the artist who is doing it said another town up north already has one, so we went for the Murray Cod.”

The fibreglass fish is six-and-a-half metres tall.

“It’s a way to celebrate 50 years of our club’s service to the community,” Peter said, “and hopefully it will entice more people into the town. “You’ll be able to see it from the big roundabout

“The statue of Gunsynd draws in a a lot of tourists. 

“You really have to see the fish to understand what it looks like,” Peter said.

There’s also a brass plaque listing some of the Lions Club’s projects, over the last 50 years - the Farmers Festival, Woodchopping, the Air Pageant , Boggabilla rodeo, Lions Park, lawn-mowing, meat tray raffles, fetes, the Christmas Eve Fireworks, Lions mints, Christmas cakes, Youth Exchange, Medical Research and of course, the famous or infamous fishing competition. It all depended on your point of view.

The Giant Cod will be unveiled. on Sunday near the driver reviver site near Redmond Park.

The Club will also celebrate its Anniversary with a Meet & Greet at the Golf Club followed by their 50th Anniversary Dinner at the Royal, and the statue will be unveiled on Sunday at 11a.m.

It will definitely be hard to miss.