Lake Bolac caravan park showcases unique art

LAKE BOLAC - Lake Bolac Caravan Park owner Frank Deutsch has unveiled a unique piece of art ahead of the Lake Bolac Eel Festival.

Mr Deutsch has created a wood carving of a member of the Bulugbara tribe, the native indigenous people of Lake Bolac.

"Hopefully it will attract additional clientele to the eel festival and to the park," Mr Deutsch said.

"I exhibited in the 'Melbourne Working with Wood Show' and sold quite a number of my carvings in different exhibitions, much to the chagrin of my wife.

"I have been carving for about 20 years and I have been interested in this art since my childhood.

"As I am quite busy with many other things, like the Ratepayers Association, running the caravan park as efficiently as possible and many other important things, carving (on this piece) was done when time allowed and when I had the inclination to."

The 'Bulugbara Man' carving was a work in progress for about a year and joins a number of other carvings by Mr Deutsch at his residence, which are usually of an Australian theme.

"The significance of this carving? The Eel Festival in Lake Bolac is in the spirit of reconciliation as is this carving," Mr Deutsch said.

"For more historical information, you can get a small book entitled 'History of Lake Bolac' by Mary Green at the Lake Bolac Information Centre and it explains quite a lot about the Bulugbara people."

The Lake Bolac Eel Festival will be held this weekend.

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