CONTROVERSY has raged since Capricorn Enterprise made the suggestion on Monday that the bulls, symbolic of Rockhampton, be replaced by a contemporary art structure representing bulls.
But Beef Australia chief executive Denis Cox says though it's nice to see how loyal people are to the city's bull statues, he doesn't mind the idea of contemporary art replacing the aging city icons.
"There are some magnificent looking structures around the world which could be themed to suit the feature of any region," he said.
"Our main concern is that Rockhampton is known as the Beef Capital of Australia...a lot of towns don't have anything to hang their hat on."
Mr Cox said he wanted visitors to come to Rockhampton for the beef, but to explore areas like Great Keppel Island and The Caves while they were here.
"People are surprised how much there is to see here," he said.