Biggenden has a say
Majority say they support moving the rose sculpture
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.
WAR OF THE ROSES: After Monday’s consultation, council will make the final decision on Biggenden's rose.