Ballarat Prime Ministers' Walk two leaders behind

Prime Minister's Walk in Ballarat. PICTURE: ALEX HAMER

Prime Minister's Walk in Ballarat. PICTURE: ALEX HAMER

THE sculptor of some of Australia's most respected and reviled Prime Ministers would love to begin work on Tony Abbott for Ballarat's leaders walk but is waiting on Ballarat Council to commission the bust.

Sculptor and cartoonist Peter Nicholson has said he'd love to work on Prime Minister Tony Abbott's likeness for Prime Ministers Avenue in the Botanical Gardens, but is still waiting to hear from the council.

"I haven't heard anything. He would be great to do, though - those ears!"

The Avenue is now two prime ministers behind, with the council waiting on Julia Gillard to come to Ballarat before it places her alongside her predecessors (and successor). Kevin Rudd's bust is also waiting on his second,  83-day long, stint in office to be engraved on his plinth.

Mr Nicholson said the Gillard bust was "one of his best," and thinks it should go on display whether or not Ms Gillard comes to town. 

Kevin Rudd's bust at the Prime Ministers Walk looks over to the spot reserved for Julia Gillard.

Kevin Rudd's bust at the Prime Ministers Walk looks over to the spot reserved for Julia Gillard.

"It came out really, really well. They should just get it out there."

Every prime minister from Malcolm Fraser up to Ms Gillard has sat for Mr Nicholson, who is also known for his political caricatures for the Australian Financial Review and The Age. 

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