Use your melon and vote
Chinchilla in ‘big thing’ finals, so vote now
CHINCHILLA is on the short list to have its own ‘big thing’ – but there are three other towns vying for top spot and now it’s up to the public to decide.
YOU’VE probably heard of the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana, maybe even the Big Orange … but soon there could be another to add to the list after Chinchilla was short-listed to get its own big attraction.
The Big Melon has made it to a list of four finalists in the Next Big Thing competition by travel company Wotif.
The proposed Chinchilla attraction is vying for top spot with three other finalists – the Big Peanut (Kingaroy), the Big Kilt (Glen Innes Highlands, NSW), and the Big Tulip (Mittagong, NSW).
Wotif managing director Daniel Finch said the submissions reflected “what makes Australian culture so unique”.
“The entries that stood out to us most showed a long-term connection to the local area and we’re confident that these final four ‘big things’ not only reflect the spirit of their respective town but will also make a positive impact to the local community,” he said.
Western Downs Acting Mayor Andrew Smith said for Chinchilla to be a finalist was a fantastic achievement.
“To me it’s recognition to the Melon Festival and the wonderful work that volunteers have done over the years,” he said.
“It would be a terrific drawcard because we know how popular all the ‘big’ things are, not just in Queensland but everywhere, so fingers crossed for the Big Melon.”
Research commissioned by Wotif shows ‘big things’ support domestic travel, with 73 per cent of Australians agreeing they are an “inherent part of regional Australian tourism”. The research also shows Aussies are more likely to spend time and money in areas with ‘big things’, purchasing food or refreshments and taking a peek at other local attractions while there.
The final winner will be chosen by the public through online voting and announced in mid-November. Check out page 20 for a look at our coverage of a past Melon Festival.
FAVOURITE FRUIT: Acting Mayor Andrew Smith is hopeful the Big Melon will top the votes.