Chat about the Rose

Coun­cil to con­sult res­i­dents

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

SINCE its un­veil­ing at the Biggenden Rose Festival last year, the Rose Sculp­ture built by Craig Nel­son has been an em­blem of pride for the com­mu­nity.

How­ever, the statue, which took 900 hours to make, has also been a topic of con­tro­versy.

Pre­vi­ously, there has been dis­cus­sion what to do with the Rose, both dur­ing its con­struc­tion and af­ter.

There­fore, a com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion will be held for res­i­dents at Biggenden Me­mo­rial Hall this Mon­day, start­ing 1pm.

Coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Radel said it was frus­trat­ing to have to reignite the de­bate.

“There are so many dif­fer­ing opin­ions on where, what colour, what di­rec­tion it should face etc. that I felt it best to hold an­other meet­ing to gather all the thoughts to­gether and dis­cuss the pros and cons of each sug­ges­tion at the same time,” Cr Radel said.

“At the end of the day, the de­ci­sion will be made by the NBRC on the fu­ture of the Rose and it will be made based on the feed­back re­ceived pre­vi­ously and at the fi­nal con­sul­ta­tion next week and with in­put from the artist who cre­ated this piece.”

Chief among con­cerns is the statue’s place­ment, cur­rently at the Biggenden Rose Gar­den.

Some have ar­gued is out of the way from where tourists might see it.

Busi­ness owner Jeni Ben­field, said she thinks it shouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily be moved, but should be put up on a perch.

“We should put it on some con­crete slats be­cause it’s cur­rently just on dirt,” Mrs Ben­field said.

“There’s a cov­ered area in main street un­der the awning that would be much bet­ter.”

Due to the size of the Rose, mov­ing it would be costly and re­quire a fork­lift.

There has also been talk of get­ting it pow­der-sprayed to make it more vis­ually ap­peal­ing.

Res­i­dent Chris­tine Holder said it should be in dif­fer­ent shades of pink or yel­low, like a real rose.

“What I had in mind was to print out a black and white photo of the Rose then colour it up to show what it can be,” Mrs Holder said.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

BIGGENDEN ROSE: Coun­cil will con­sult with res­i­dents on what to do with the Rose this Mon­day.

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