FINISHING TOUCHES:  Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association assistant treasurer Bob Reid, sculptor Paul Stumkat and secretary-treasurer Ed Kemp are eager to unveil the sculpture.
FINISHING TOUCHES: Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association assistant treasurer Bob Reid, sculptor Paul Stumkat and secretary-treasurer Ed Kemp are eager to unveil the sculpture. Contributed

Murray cod sculpture to draw tourists to Warwick

FOR the past five months, Killarney sculptor Paul Stumkat has been carving a mating pair of murray cod out of seven tonnes of marble.

Just days away from completion, the sculpture is hoped to be a tourist attraction and raise awareness about the work Warwick District Recreational Fish Stocking Association has invested in breeding the fish in the region.

Mr Stumkat said the sculpture just needed to be polished and it would be finished.

He hoped it would also highlight the abundance of artistic materials available in the Southern Downs.

"It's good to be able to do a large piece of local stone and people don't realise the great stone we've got in the region," he said.

"The good thing about stone artwork it's going to last a long time and not be worried by flood."

The sculpture was organised by the Association and will sit next to the Condamine River in Warwick, next to O.O. Madsen Bridge.

Association secretary- treasurer Ed Kemp said the association was rehabilitating Murray Cod in the river.

Over the past four years the group had nurtured Murray cod by installing 165 structures in the Condamine River to provide locations for them to breed.

This included wheelie bins, large pipes and 200 litre plastic drums, which were cemented into the river.

Mr Kemp said the cod were now breeding naturally and the sculpture would help promote Warwick as a great place to fish.

"People will eventually come from overseas countries to look at this sculpture," he said.

The sculpture was funded by an RADF grant from Southern Downs Regional Council and donations from Sibelco quarry, Paul Bellingham, Mr Stumkat, Rod Rozynski and the association.

An unveiling date for the sculpture has not yet been set.


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