The Council prophets stated, ‘build a giant pelican and they will come’.
We read that Central Coast Council has approved the funds to build a giant pelican at the Entrance.
We can only be reminded of stories of Papua New Guinea highland tribes who, after seeing/being told of aircraft unloading war supplies, post war, created aircraft structures on cleared fields in the hope the aircraft of plenty would return to land near their villages, with their cargo of plenty.
Thus, the cargo cult was created, and lives to this day, it appears, locally.
We are all for activities being held at The Entrance for the benefit of business, and the entertainment of tourists and locals, Chromefest and the New Year’s Eve fireworks being two excellent examples.
However, wasting public money on giants just doesn’t make financial sense when so much else needs to be addressed in the area.
Maybe the Council could run a giant pothole festival, or 4WD test driving along public streets that call out for resurfacing or complete restoration, such as Manning Rd, northern Oakland Ave or sections of Tuggerah Pde and many other streets.
One mention was made of the opportunity for giant pelican selfie taking.
How about a clean-up plastic competition by a treasure hunt of the Tuggerah Lake foreshore and The Entrance streets, with visitors taking selfie’s in front of the giant pile of rubbish that awaits collection every day (bottles and/or tops, coffee cups, fast food containers, bait bags, Styrofoam cups and pieces, sundry other bits of throwaway plastic, if anyone cares to pick it up from any street, the lake or its environs.
They would really be rewarded after existing events, or most summer weekends, when the overflowing park garbage bins content blows into the waterways.
Further, giants are usually associated with a theme park or business.
The giant pineapple and banana, two examples, are giants spawned from the need to attract patrons to the respective commercial enterprises.
The Entrance already has many such attractions, the most pertinent example being the daily pelican feeding.
If the Council wishes to promote The Entrance as a tourist destination, we would expect a cheaper option be considered than some giant caricature.
We would seek to promote the area’s natural wonders and keeping them as such.
Email, Sep 17
Michael and Cheryl Chamley, The Entrance