As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Wednesday 7 August 2013

Giant bird statue facing new home, possibly at the MCG

THE famous 25m bird sculpture at Docklands that may now need to move should be relocated near the MCG, says an Aboriginal elder.

Wurundjeri tribe member Joy Murphy said that Eagle, which is popularly known as Bunjil, was a cultural icon.

"Ideally it should be placed somewhere central, and central country of Wurundjeri is in the MCG area," she said.

"That would be a really nice spot for it."

The fate of Bunjil is up in the air after property giant Lend Lease won approval for a $1.5 billion development at Batman's Hill off Collins St.

Lend Lease has indicated that Bunjil, located on Wurundjeri Way, will need to shift, but the sculpture's owner Places Victoria said this was unconfirmed.

Created by artist Bruce Armstrong, the sculpture was inspired by the local Aboriginal mythic eagle Bunjil.

Planning Minister Matthew Guy said that if Bunjil needed a new nest it had to be close to its current home.

"It's a unique statue and symbol of Docklands," he said today.

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