Vandalised: Woolgoolga’s Raj Mahal elephants have been further damaged by fire.
Vandalised: Woolgoolga’s Raj Mahal elephants have been further damaged by fire. Trevor Veale

Woolgoolga statues set on fire

WOOLGOOLGA’S elephant statues have taken another hit, after someone tried to burn them early on Saturday.

Woolgoolga police said they were called to the Raj Mahal at 5.30am on Saturday after one of the life-size statues had been set on fire.

By the time police arrived, Woolgoolga Fire Brigade had extinguished a small fire located at the base of one of the elephant’s front legs.

Woolgoolga police are investigating the incident.

The same elephant has also recently had a large hole gouged in its side.

Both elephants have lost part of their trunks and tusks and one elephant has been sprayed with graffiti.

A local art group has called for the rescue, removal and relocation of the elephants as a feature of the town.

The two elephants were created in the 1980s as a special feature of the Raj Mahal retail centre on the Pacific Highway with one imported from India and the other made by Australian craftsmen.

The recent approval of the Employment Lands Strategy by Coffs Harbour City councillors has opened the way for the redevelopment of the now-closed Raj Mahal into a Coles supermarket.



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