Cowaramup cows udderly accepted

COWARAMUP ON THE MOOVE: Bridie Monger, 5, and brother Aden, 7, with some of the fibreglass cows. Their mother, volunteer Anthea Monger, believes tourists will stop for photos once the cows are placed around the town.
COWARAMUP ON THE MOOVE: Bridie Monger, 5, and brother Aden, 7, with some of the fibreglass cows. Their mother, volunteer Anthea Monger, believes tourists will stop for photos once the cows are placed around the town.

THE Cows for Cowaramup project was passed by the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council at last week’s meeting, giving Cowaramup the green light to install about 42 fibreglass cow sculptures around the town.

Many people attended to show their support at the meeting.

Cr Jenny McGregor said the project was a fantastic opportunity to encourage tourists to stop more, and it will help reflect the town’s history.

Cr John Bell agreed, despite concerns for maintenance, and said he had confidence in the way the Lions Club looked after the town.

Loraine Teasdale, who approached the Lions with the idea in April last year, was elated by the result.

“Some people have a big pineapple (in their towns)... cows are a world first,” she said. “To all the businesses and individuals who supported this project many months ago, thank you for your belief and patience.”

The cows have each been sponsored by businesses around Cowaramup and are designed to attract tourists as well as benefit the businesses through advertising.

Cowaramup resident Sue Cannon said “It’s fantastic... it’s sparked so much conversation. I believe it’s going to be good for the businesses too.”

Ms Teasdale said textured coats and painted udders make the 32 cows and 10 calves look realistic.

Lions Club member Don Miller said the support from locals has been “unbelievable”, with about 15 people helping to paint the herd.

He thanked volunteer Kerry Sibly of MuKau Giftware & Gallery, and Kim Bell for lending his shed space to the project.

He said the cows will be installed “as soon as we get organised.”