Friday, 16 July 2010

Zebra herd allowed to stay

16 July 2010

The sculptor who created the popular zebra sculptures beside a lake in southern New South Wales has been thrown a lifeline.

Authorities initially ordered the herd's removal, but authorities appear to have had a change of heart.

Canberra sculptor Alan Aston installed the four life-size zebras beside Lake George around 20 kilometres north-east of Canberra one month ago.

Mr Aston did so without permission from the Department of Land and Property Management Authority.

The department says it ordered the herd's removal after a complaint from the grazier who leases the land. However, Mr Aston says the department has changed its mind.

"I don't think it is a backdown. I just think it is different people in the department are having different views," he said.

He has been advised to lodge a development application with the local council, improve fencing, signage and provide public liability insurance.

The department ordered their removal after a complaint. But everyone from local gardeners to the Canberra Airport and the racing industry's Briony Young hit back.

"It's such a great landscape to see when you are driving into the gateway of Canberra," she said.

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