Sad end for concrete cockie
HE may have been made of concrete, but the ornamental cockatoo that once adorned the front fence of Ross Amos' property on the Gwydir Highway was a hit with the locals.
When he was first erected, it was not long before strangers started adorning the little Aussie icon with sunglasses, party hats, corn and other trinkets.
He even shared his post for a time with galahs ? but they were only interested in stealing his corn.
Now, for the second time in a few months, he is gone ? this time destroyed by vandals who, according to Mr Amos' daughter Leisa pulled him from the fence.
His headless body was left on the top of the fence post on which he once sat proudly.
The cockatoo was a Christmas pres- ent to her father from Ms Stout. It replaced an earlier ornamental cockatoo that had been stolen.
She had travelled to Woodburn to find a new one, but got the last available as the manufacturer's mould was broken.
He was painted up and fixed securely to the post. Within 24 hours, unknown well wishers had bought sunglasses for him and put them on. They still had the price tag attached.
A day later he was wrecked.
Ms Stout said she did not think there was any point getting another one.
"They will just do it again," she said.
"What sort of people get a kick out of doing something like this?
"This little fellow made many of us laugh.
"It is very upsetting to know that these sorts of people live in our country community.
"Times are changing."