After nearly two years, the Shire of Northampton has voted in favour of a series of statues to celebrate the achievements of nine local footy stars. The town’s main street will house life-sized aluminium cut-outs covered with a vinyl image of hometown heroes Jamie and Patrick Cripps, Harry Taylor, Tarkyn and Andrew Lockyer, Daniel Chick, Paul Hasleby, Liam Anthony and Josh Kennedy. They will be displayed on land next to the heritage-listed Miners Arms Hotel on Hampton Road — next to King’s Park where many of the stars got their start in footy. The statues are in storage, with installation to occur after further land planning and development is complete. Northampton Tourist Association co-ordinator Chad Smith said the legacy of the town’s sporting heroes was a significant part of its history. “We believe that history and heritage is about the people as well and obviously the people that are being represented in that are part of the town’s history,” he said. Mr Smith said the location where the statues would be displayed had sentimental significance. “King’s Park is the Northampton MCG pretty much ... that’s where all the kids go to have a kick of the footy,” he said. “I would say that every one of those blokes that is getting a cut-out has had a kick on that park.” Northampton resident Neville Tomelty — who owns the land where the statues will be displayed — said he was “100 per cent” in favour of the project. “These individuals and their sporting achievements are phenomenal, as is what they have done this year in raising funds post-Seroja,” he said. “I just think they deserve to be recognised in a high profile position in the community.” Mr Tomelty said the area would be “tidied up” and cleared of trees, allowing enough room for at least 12 figures. Cr Sandy Stock-Standen said there was “lots of support” for the project from businesses, with the figures expected to encourage tourists to browse while spending time in Northampton’s main street.