Biggen­den has a say

Ma­jor­ity say they sup­port mov­ing the rose sculp­ture

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

COUN­CIL met with res­i­dents of Biggen­den on Mon­day to dis­cuss con­cerns over the town’s rose sculp­ture.

Since the rose was un­veiled at last year’s Rose Fes­ti­val, it has wowed tourists who come to visit.

The meet­ing was held to ad­dress con­cerns over the place­ment of the rose, among other mat­ters, to see if a so­lu­tion could be reached.

Coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Radel chaired the meet­ing and right off the bat de­clared pro­pos­als to paint the rose were off the table.

“In con­sul­ta­tion with the artist, it was de­signed to be not painted; had it been de­signed like that it would have been made out of some­thing like sheet metal that would have been eas­ier to main­tain,” Cr Radel said.

“To get it pow­der coated, we’d been quoted a fig­ure of $10,000, so that’s a fairly sub­stan­tial out­lay for some­thing the artist re­ally didn’t want.”

Af­ter that, dis­cus­sion turned to the main con­cern, which was the rose’s place­ment,

There were view­points raised on both sides, with Bur­nett Live­stock & Realty’s Stephanie Whi­taker ar­gu­ing it was fine where it was based on the num­ber of tourists she had seen stop and take pho­tos of it.

Res­i­dent Thelma Barkle ar­gued the cur­rent place­ment was un­safe.

“I went to take a photo early one morn­ing and found I had to stand in the mid­dle of the road,” Ms Barkle said.

While he did not per­son­ally agree with these views, Cr Radel said they would be taken into con­sid­er­a­tion when it came time for the fi­nal de­ci­sion.

“There is al­lo­cated space be­tween the rose gar­den to get the photo,” Cr Radel said.

“The other po­si­tion peo­ple sug­gested, ei­ther side of the rail­way gate also re­quire you to stand in the road to take a photo of it, so to my mind it doesn’t al­le­vi­ate these con­cerns.”

Coun­cil is cur­rently await­ing a re­port from the meet­ing to make a de­ci­sion.

PHOTO: ERICA MURREE

WAR OF THE ROSES: Af­ter Mon­day’s con­sul­ta­tion, coun­cil will make the fi­nal de­ci­sion on Biggen­den's rose.

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