ICONIC WELCOME: The Welcome to Rockhampton bull which takes pride of place on the Yeppen roundabout.
ICONIC WELCOME: The Welcome to Rockhampton bull which takes pride of place on the Yeppen roundabout. Maddisan Hooper

Readers react to news Yeppen iconic bull could be replaced

READERS have reacted to news the Rockhampton Regional Council is considering replacing the iconic bull on the Welcome to Rockhampton sign.

Council yesterday received a report which recommended the redevelopment of the Yeppen roundabout on the Bruce Highway.

Here are some of the comments readers posted on Facebook today:

Jenaya Lousia Tattan-Allen - I'm sorry but this is my opinion and I honestly think some people are to busy trying to make Rockhampton something it's not seriously just fix what's wrong with the town like roads ect and maybe make it more fun for people of all ages. We don't need all these big redevelopments we just need Rockhampton fixed the bull statues around town are there for a reason because Rockhampton is known as Beef Capital so leave them alone and actually just fix what's wrong with Rockhampton and maybe listen to what the people of Rockhampton want not follow the big cities in what they are doing because what they are doing may be good for them but isn't for us.

Garrett Wells - So right now we have a wonderfully iconic entrance to the city, which aside from being completely unique to the region also cost us a fortune, and these people want us to spend money to tear that down, and then spend a heap more money to build ANOTHER sign so that the entrance to our city looks like all the others, because supposedly the bull at the gates is the reason the economy here is struggling?

I've been around enough cattle over the years to know which part of the bull that idea came out of.

Susan Cunningham - Turn the bull around so he faces the people driving IN to town. How did they get that so wrong so long ago but not have fixed it by now.

Suzette Olson - got to keep the bull .... main part of Rockys identity

Tamara Jane - Leave the bull alone it makes Rocky who it is who want to see boring old signs as they drive into the beef capital I know I don't. Stop trying to spend money where it dose not need it why don't you spend money on schools,roads,and other places that need it . Rockhampton is who it is because of the bulls. What happens when beef Australia rolls around again and they come to the round about and see signs and no bull. Don't touch something that has been there for years.

Anita Threadgate - Yeah leave the bull there we are the beef capital after all .

Maria Finlay-Frenken - LEAVE our Bulls alone.... they are as much a part of Rockhampton as the Heritage Buildings in Quay Street.

Paul Baker - It's not the bull that is the problem. It's the stuff out of the back end of them that all our pollies speak.

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Rockhampton Regional Council was yesterday presented with a report which recommended the iconic Yeppen roundabout on the...

Posted by The Morning Bulletin on Tuesday, 27 October 2015

6am: ROCKHAMPTON is known for its remark-a-bull collection of bovine statues, but could they soon be on the mooove?

Rockhampton Regional Council was yesterday presented with a report which recommended the iconic Yeppen roundabout on the Bruce Hwy be redeveloped as part of a region-wide rebranding project.

The strategy aims to create unified signage across the region, with entry signs to its various communities and define specific precincts within Rockhampton.

Poor regional marketing was something identified by council's regional development executive manager Russell Claus on Monday, when the Rockhampton Region Economic Development Strategy was released.

He told The Morning Bulletin the region had done a poor job of marketing itself.

When it comes to changing the iconic roundabout, Rockhampton Region Mayor Margaret Strelow said it was a discussion the community had to have before any decisions were made.

Councillor Cherie Rutherford questioned whether the proposed new entry signage accurately represented the region.

Although the proposed design includes local limestone, Cr Rutherford said the rich textures would not be evident to people driving past.

Cr Strelow recommended a council workshop be held on the issue before the end of the year.

"I'm not surprised that councillors had a lot to say about signage," she said.

"Like any kind of creative design, personal taste will mean very divergent views.

"We didn't endorse the recommendations instead we've asked to meet with the designer."



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