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HUEY TAKES TO THE SKY
By Lisa Pahl
Rising above the quiet hills, the
helicopter is an imposing sight
silhouetted against the sky.
But while it was modeled on a weapon
of war, this helicopter’s job is to inspire
Created from almost one tonne of
recycled horseshoes, the sculpture
recreates an Iroquois helicopter –
commonly called a Huey – an aircraft
synonymous with the Vietnam War.
Unveiled before almost 600 guests at
a ceremony to mark Remembrance Day
and the Centenary of the Armistice
on Sunday, the sculpture is the latest
addition to the Macclesfield Anzac
It pays tribute to the service of Vietnam
Sculptor Greg Hopgood, a Somali
veteran, was commissioned to build an
artwork after the Mt Barker Council
received a grant from the Federal
“When the call went out for artists,
I put in an expression of interest and
when the others who had applied found
out I was a veteran, they withdrew their
applications and I was staggered,” he
“At first I didn’t know what to make, I
originally thought I might make a horse
head with a band of poppies.”
But the faithful Iroquois stood out to
him as the ideal subject.
Using a 120-year-old hand-cranked
coke-fired forge, Mr Hopgood worked
the horseshoes into shape, creating the
helicopter sculpture from a model of the
aircraft he borrowed from his son.
The Milang artist sourced paint in
a genuine army green to finish off the
piece, which was mounted on a pole,
rising above the garden.
Titled ‘Dustoff ’, the sculpture also
recognises the heroic efforts of dustoff
pilots and crews who flew military
aircraft into dangerous situations to
evacuate injured soldiers.
Macclesfield RSL Sub-branch president
Dennis Oldenhove said veterans and the
crowd were excited to see the finished
“People were just amazed when they
saw it, we had people who came on the
day just to see it,” he said.
Macclesfield RSL Sub-branch
president Dennis Oldenhove, left,
and sculptor and Somalia veteran
Greg Hopgood with the new artwork
of a Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter
unveiled at the Macclesfield Anzac
Memorial Garden on Sunday.
By Elisa Rose
The Adelaide Hills Council’s
Deputy Mayor has won the
district’s mayoral race with
the highest percentage of first
preference votes since the council’s
formation in 1997.
Dr Jan-Claire Wisdom, right, an
adjunct research fellow at UniSA,
was named the new Mayor-elect after
winning 66.5% of the vote against
former Adelaide Hills Councillor,
George Healey. Dr Wisdom attracted
6012 votes to Mr Healey’s 3025.
Prior to Dr Wisdom’s election,
retiring Mayor Bill Spragg held the
record for the highest percentage
of votes during an Adelaide Hills
mayoral campaign, attracting 62%
of the vote against Leonie Taylor in
Dr Wisdom, who will be sworn
in on November 20, said the new
council stood “on the shoulders” of the
previous council, while also bringing
“new energy, skills, experience and
“These attributes should allow us to
maintain a progressive perspective
environment,” she said.
The council elections were run on
the back of the State Government’s
controversial proposal to cap local
government rate rises, which the
council formally rejected earlier this
The proposal formed a major part of
the Government’s election campaign
in March, but failed to gain traction
and Dr Wisdom said it was not raised
by constituents during her campaign.
The election was also the first to be
held under the council’s controversial
new two-ward system.
Dr Wisdom was a vocal supporter
of abolishing all wards, despite
community opposition, and later
supported the two-ward “compromise”.
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