Just before its abolition after the 2013 federal election, the Department of Energy, Resources and Tourism snuck out a few more grants.
As part of its Tourism Quality Projects program, the Department handed a casual $26,400 of your money to the Southern Highlands Youth Arts Council to facilitate the building of a very important statue in the middle of Bowral.
The statue, of course, will be a bronze depiction of Mary Poppins.
Apparently Bowral is the birthplace of Helen Lyndon Goff (pen name P.L. Travers), the fictional flying nanny’s creator.
According to the Arts Council:
By erecting an elegant life-size bronze statue of Mary Poppins as commemorative public art, this project will highlight the hidden depths of Australia’s history and literary heritage for visitors from all over the world.
It seems that Mary isn’t the only thing that can blow in on the East Wind though. Grants from the taxpayer can too!
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