Fish Creek’s newest fish
THE sculpture made from two fish that lined the Yarra River during the 2006 Commonwealth Games was officially launched in Fish Creek on Saturday.
The sculpture, which was designed and made by Fish Creek’s Andrew McPherson and Ray Jones, had been under construction for many years.
The fish is located between the Great Southern Rail Trail and the old butter factory on Falls Road.
Ian Bracegirdle, who originally designed the fish for the Commonwealth Games said Andy and Ray had done a “beautiful job” of repurposing the fish.
The Fish Creek fish is made from two of the 72 fish that lined the Yarra River in Melbourne during the Commonwealth Games.
Former South Gippsland Shire Council councillor, Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks was instrumental in obtaining the two fish for Fish Creek after the games.
“Each council in Victoria hosted nations during the Commonwealth Games. South Gippsland hosted four small Caribbean nations of St Kitts and Nevis, Dominica, Montserrat and Anguilla,” he said.
“When it was made know the fish were available, I was asked to put in a bid to get a fish which I did. Then I was asked to get another one.”
Mr Nigel Hutchinson-Brooks said Andy and Ray did a fantastic job to turn two fish into one.
“The cost to the community of the project was around $12,000. The one in Cardinia cost around $50,000,” he said.
“It has been a good community project for Fish Creek, it has taken 10 and a half years but it is absolutely amazing.
“It is very satisfying from my point of view to see what the community has done to deliver what is sure to become an icon of the town.”
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