Long-awaited Uneek Animals display shows off the Coorong council region fauna

COMMITMENT: Ross Morris, Malcolm Piggott, Joyce Holmes and Bob Simcock at the opening on Friday. Photo: Nick Grimm.
COMMITMENT: Ross Morris, Malcolm Piggott, Joyce Holmes and Bob Simcock at the opening on Friday. Photo: Nick Grimm.

A unique display of the regions’ fauna made entirely of tin has been unveiled in Tailem Bend.

After around two-and-a-half years of construction and five years of planning, the Tailem Bend Lions Club’s Uneek Animals was officially opened by Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick on Friday. 

A large crowd braved 35-degree heat to witness the long-term project’s unveiling where Coorong District Council (CDC) Mayor Neville Jeansch called the tin park an asset to the community.

“It is fantastic to see this project come to completion, because now everyone can see how committed the many community involved have been,” he said.

“It is a privilege for the council to have this asset and it is a credit to our unique communities.” 

Tailem Bend Lions president Joyce Holmes said the project was first mentioned by Malcolm Piggott five years ago, and she was thrilled to see it opened.

“It’s great to see this finished, and it’s a really credit to everyone involved,” she said, 

CDC councillor and Uneek Animals project manager Bob Simcock was glad to see the project reach its end.

“It’s been a long project, but it’s been a great project,” he said.

“Contributions from the Tailem Bend Lions, Lions Clubs Australia, from the council and from other community members have allowed us to get this project finished and available for everyone to see.” 

Mr Simcock said it was “one heck of a community project”, that all of the labour was in-kind, and businesses discounted prices greatly for the community organisations involved.

“I think that speaks volumes about our us here,” he said.

Mr Pederick echoed Mr Simcock’s sentiments, commending every person involved throughout the planning and construction phases. 

“Something like this is a shining example of what can happen when a community gets behind a project,” he said.

The Uneek Animals display is located next to the Tailem Bend Information Centre on Railway Terrace.