Pterosaur Sculpture unveiled in Inverloch


Inverloch has a new prehistoric attraction that was unveiled at Wallace Avenue Community Park. The centre piece is a dinosaur sculpture of Koolasuchus cleelandi, a large amphibian that roamed the area 125 million years ago.

Set on a base of granitic sand, the coloured concrete sculptured dinosaur forms a seat which children can climb and explore. It also has a cluster of dinosaur eggs the size of bowling balls, and with large footprints on the pathway into the Park; it gives visitors a sense of the size of the creature.

Mr Phil Stray of Crafted Landscapes who constructed the dinosaur and has many years experience in public park sculptures said parks like this will be invaluable in the future.

“The dinosaur seat sculpture encourages children in imaginary play and is a fun example of the previous life forms found around Inverloch in earlier times. It was basically a big eating machine with an enormous head compared to the rest of its body so kids will find it very interesting,” Mr Stray said.

The Wallace Avenue Community Park Group has worked on the project with Bass Coast Shire Council for a long period and was instrumental in raising money and gaining community support. Council also received a grant from Regional Development Victoria for the development of the Park.

Ms Judy Vradenburg from the Wallace Avenue Community Park Group was one of the local residents who joined together to fundraise and said the goal was to retain the Park as a community asset.

“It is great to see the children enjoying the Park and it has been a great result for our community. On behalf of the Park Group I also want to thank the RACV Inverloch Resort, Inverloch Rotary Club, Inverloch Lions Club and Inverloch Bendigo Bank Community Bank for their valuable contributions and support for this community project”.

At the opening, Bass Coast Mayor Councillor Jordan Crugnale noted how Inverloch continues to provide reminders of its prehistoric past.

“I am delighted to open this park and officially celebrate the newest oldest dinosaur in town.

This project had been driven by a tenacious and dedicated small group of people with a big spirit, and with the support and backing of probably the entire town,” Cr Crugnale said.

"This is a point of difference for Inverloch. Like the teepees on the beach, the shipwreck we can see at very low tide, the dinosaur footprints; all these gems evoke a sense of place, pride and connectedness."