'Tuna Poler' to be revealed on foreshore July 28

COOPERATION: Axel Stenross Maritime Museum curator Andrew Chappell and Port Lincoln Rotary Club Jim Kay display a tuna pole near the statue site.
COOPERATION: Axel Stenross Maritime Museum curator Andrew Chappell and Port Lincoln Rotary Club Jim Kay display a tuna pole near the statue site.

After years of planning, fundraising and creating, the 'Tuna Poler' sculpture is set to be unveiled on the Port Lincoln foreshore later this month.

The sculpture, which will be located between two Norfolk Island pines near the Port Lincoln jetty, will be unveiled on July 28 at 10.30am with the community invited to attend.

The event will include speeches from sculptor Ken Martin, Rotarian Jim Kay who came up with the idea for the sculpture and Dr Hagen Stehr AO who provided seed funding for the project.

Rotary will also serve its famous tuna steaks following official proceedings.

Mr Kay said he was looking forward to the unveiling of the sculpture in such a picturesque location.

"It will be more of a relief when it's all there and finished," he said.

Mr Kay said the sculpture was sure to become an iconic part of Port Lincoln.

The Port Lincoln Rotary Club commissioned the project with support from Axel Stenross Maritime Museum, Port Lincoln City Council and other community donors.

The museum handled the finances for the project, as it did for the Matthew Flinders sculpture located nearby.

Museum treasurer Lloyd Glover said it had been exciting to see the project unfold over the last few years and it was sure to be a great asset to Port Lincoln.

"It's been wonderful working with, not only Jim Kay but also Ken Martin...it's a credit to get a man of that calibre," he said.

Mr Glover said there had been a lot of interest in the Matthew Flinders sculpture since it was installed so the Tuna Poler was sure to create interest in Port Lincoln's tuna fishing past.

Port Lincoln mayor Brad Flaherty said the sculpture would be well worth the three year wait.

"I congratulate Jim Kay for his foresight, and for the dedication shown by Jim, Rotary and the Axel Stenross Maritime Museum in seeing this project to fruition," he said.

"Not to mention the many local businesses and individuals who donated generously."