by Anne Miller
If you Google “Kingaroy Big Peanut”, you’ll find a photo of this handsome fellow …
The sad fact is, this happily be-hatted guy is actually at Tolga, another one of Queensland’s main peanut-growing areas.
For years, Kingaroy has been accused of having a “Big Peanut”.
A while back, I was charged with the job of trying to fix up some of the out-of-date tourist information about the South Burnett that could be found on the Internet.
I contacted many websites – most of which didn’t return my calls or emails – to try to fix multiple egregious errors.
One error that kept on recurring was the myth of the Kingaroy Big Peanut.
It even appeared in a report listing “things to see” that was published by the Courier-Mail!
Which brings me back to today.
A mystery group of local residents started making noises a while back about fixing this tourism oversight.
I don’t know why they’ve hidden their identities – the rumour is some Council folk are involved, as well as reporters from a rival newspaper – but who knows?
All we know is the official spokesnut is a Mr King Roy.
We heard a tip last week that a vacant green at the Kingaroy Bowls Club had been volunteered as the home for the large legume.
(Tourists might stop, take a pic and perhaps enjoy a coldie at the club?)
We also heard the mystery group was hoping the Gambling Community Benefit Fund might be willing to shell out up to $100,000 to make the project happen.
This is all so much fun, but now the ABC is quizzing our local MP, Deb Frecklington, about the project so I guess we have to start taking it a bit more seriously.
— Josh Bavas (@JoshBavas) June 13, 2018
A couple of years ago, South Burnett Arts Inc (yes, I’m secretary) also tried to get a Big Peanut-like project off the ground.
The plan was to produce a large, futuristic sculpture of a peanut and navy bean – designed by well-known Queensland artist Mark Shellshear – and place it on one of the entry ways to Kingaroy.
A site on the railway land near Somerset Street was suggested, which would have framed the view of the real peanut silos within the hollowed out sculpture.
We hawked the idea around Council and arts funding bodies.
But sadly, no one was interested at the time … and honestly, the cost would have been enormous.
So what do you think?
Does Kingaroy really need a Big Peanut?