September 18, 2019
Kingaroy’s new entry signs will be pork-free because the town is better known for peanuts.
At Wednesday’s monthly meeting, Councillors turned down a proposed amendment to the new sign’s design suggested by Cr Danita Potter, and seconded by Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff.
Cr Potter said she had been approached by several residents who felt the pork industry should be recognised on the sign.
Pork was a big industry in the region and Swickers was a major employer, she said.
Cr Terry Fleischfresser said he agreed with Cr Potter about the important role the pig industry played in the local economy.
However, he believed Kingaroy was best known Australia-wide for just two things: being the home of Australia’s peanut industry, and also the home of former Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen.
Cr Duff disagreed.
“All the other town signs have several different local things on them, but Kingaroy only has peanuts,” she said.
Mayor Keith Campbell said the design of Kingaroy’s new sign had already been approved by the Kingaroy Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), and had been put out for public information over several weeks.
If the project was delayed there was a real risk the signs would never be erected.
The Mayor said new signs had been promised for many years and if they were to be installed by early next year, it was important to give the go-ahead now.
Cr Potter’s motion to amend the Kingaroy sign’s design was put to the meeting, but defeated 4-3.
However, a proposal by Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff to modify the design of Murgon’s new town sign to substitute a “happy fish” in place of a “disturbed” fish was passed unanimously.
The 18 town and village entry sign sets are expected to cost $350,000, including installation.
Works For Queensland grant funds will meet $100,000 of the cost, and the balance will be funded by Council.
The new signs are expected to be in place by early 2020.