Step back in time to the late 1800’s and the crack of the bullocky’s whip could be heard as the bullock driver lead his team of bullocks along the streets of Avoca to the rail head. The wagon would be laden with wool, wheat, hay or other heavy loads that had to be transported to and from the remote pastoral stations.
And just a couple of weeks ago the bullocky and his team returned to the median strip in Avoca, south of the Pyrenees and Sunraysia Highway crossroads in the form of a laser cut sculpture.
Avoca Business & Tourism Inc (AB&T) recently organised the design and purchase of this historical link to our past as part of the Streetscape Plan for Avoca. They donated the sculpture to the town with funds raised from the 40th birthday of the HQ SS Holden in 2012 and with support from Trevaskis Engineering in Tatura, and Wardlaw Welding the sculpture was finally installed two weeks ago.
Already the town has historical and tourism elements in our main thoroughfare, including the wine barrels and grape vines, the cenotaph and war memorial precinct, as well as the Pyrenees Garden, Chinese Garden and Petanque area.
The early bullock teams were an important part of our transportation history and are one of the reasons that our divided main street is so wide- the large teams of bullocks required extra space to turn around. Even today our town is dependent on transportation and has several trucking companies operating from Avoca.
The AB&T committee is keen to add to the historical elements by including examples of our gold and farming and transportation heritage so there may be more laser cut sculptures or structures appearing in our main street over the next few years. Your support of AB&T enables the committee to work with the Pyrenees Shire to develop our Streetscape Plan.
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