"Hands off our bulls" - Rocky tells Richmond Valley council
BACK off! Our bulls are not for sale.
That was the resolute message sounded by Acting Mayor Tony Williams when he learned the Richmond Valley Council was making a play for Rockhampton's iconic bull statues.
The southern council, which covers the Northern Rivers region of north-eastern NSW, wrote to Rockhampton expressing its interest in the towering monuments that stand across the city.
It wanted to buy and relocate the statues to Casino, a city which also lays claim to the title of "Beef Capital of Australia".
The cunning plan drew some playful banter when it was revealed at the council's performance and service committee meeting yesterday.
"Clearly, they are very envious of our standing - and of our bull monuments," Cr Williams said.
Cr Rose Swadling said the city should not "kowtow to their demands" and Cr Ellen Smith made it clear the bulls were "not for sale at any price".
It was suggested RRC extend a formal invitation to its southern counterparts to attend the internationally celebrated Beef Australia 2015 at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Cr Fisher agreed, saying it would be a good opportunity for them to come and see how a real Beef Capital worked.
The cattle industry bequeathed the statues to the city in the 1980s.
Here is what readers said when we told them there was a rumour that someone wanted to buy Rockhampton's bulls: