Tourists were photographing the Big Peanut just hours after it was installed in Lions Park, Kingaroy earlier this month … signs will be added to the support plinth soon to acknowledge everyone who contributed to the project

November 16, 2021

Kingaroy’s new Big Peanut sculpture will soon acknowledge all the people who helped create it.

The statue, created by metal sculptor Kane Minogue using pieces of old farming equipment donated by local farming families, was finally installed in Kingaroy’s Lions Park on November 4 after several months of delays caused by border closures.

The installation marked the end of a four-year effort by the Kingaroy Needs A Big Peanut Committee to turn the project from a dream into reality.

At last week’s Community Standing Committee meeting, South Burnett councillors unanimously approved the signs that will soon be attached to the statue’s base plinth.

Two of the signs acknowledge the support of major project sponsors PCA (owned by Bega) and G. Crumpton & Sons.

A third sign will list all the community sponsors who contributed to the project, along with a permanent acknowledgement of the Kingaroy Needs A Big Peanut Committee.

The signs were designed by the Kingaroy Needs A Big Peanut Committee in consultation with the major sponsors, and the motion to adopt them was moved by Cr Danita Potter, seconded by Cr Kirstie Schumacher and approved unanimously.

CEO Mark Pitt was delegated the task of getting the plaques installed.

He has also been tasked with arranging an official opening for the statue, which is expected to occur later this year or early next.

Major sponsors Bega and G. Crumpton and Sons will each be acknowledged with their own sign, and the names of all other contributors will appear on a third sign … this illustration shows an early draft of two of the designs (Photo: SBRC)

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[UPDATED with correction. An earlier version of this report stated Council designed the plaques]

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