Port Phillip Council has reaffirmed its commitment to continuing with the repair and reinstatement of its Captain Cook statue, which was vandalised in St Kilda on 25 January.
The recommitment followed discussion on a Notice of Motion at last night’s Council meeting, which was amended in the Chamber, to support the repairs and for a community consultation to be held on the location and context of the statue.
Mayor, Heather Cunsolo said that while the Notice of Motion was not adopted, the Council was “united in sending a very clear message to vandals that they do not dictate which cultural public assets are allowed to stand in our City”.
“Council Officers are continuing their work for the reinstatement including engagement with Heritage Victoria. We anticipate having a plan for the reinstatement in the next couple of weeks,” she said.
“Conversations to understand the views of Traditional Owner groups will continue including ways in which our Council could better recognise the perspectives, experiences and history of First Nations people.”
Mayor Cunsolo said Council officers will also look at options to reduce the chances of future vandalism including the provision of contextual information about the statue.