The Big Rig Observation Tower and Tree Walk
The Big Rig Observation Tower and Tree Walk

Council to vote on Bigger Big Rig advisory committee

A PROJECT that could change the face of tourism in Roma forever could be one step closer to being constructed if Maranoa Regional Council approves the formation of a new advisory committee.

The Bigger Big Rig project, which will have a 100m observation deck built next to the existing structure, will be discussed in tomorrow’s council meeting on November 24.

Councillors will vote whether or not to establish a temporary advisory committee to provide input into content and design concepts of the project.

This comes after the council voted to scrap advisory meetings earlier this year.

Maranoa Regional Council also voted to approve the project back in June, with mayor Tyson Golder and councillor Mark Edwards voting against the proposal.

The terms of reference state that the committee will be a forum for open discussion of business and community leaders, and stakeholders, to communicate with the council about the planning and design of the project.

But the council have identified some risks with the proposal, including the membership being too large, reducing the group’s ability to work towards a project outcome.

The proposed members are:

  • Historical (oil and gas) Representative – Mr Peter Keegan
  • Tourism Representative – Visit Roma (Mr Charlie Eames, President)
  • Environmental Representative – Boobook (Mr Craig Eddie, Director)
  • Maranoa Regional Council
  • Business Representative – Commerce Roma (Mr Cyril Peet, President)
  • Indigenous Representative – Mandandanji Limited (Mr Tim Klaas, Project Manager)
  • Historical Representative (Big Rig Site/Museum) – Former Roma Town
  • Councillors, Bruce Garvie, Baden Waldron and Barry McCabe
  • Industry Representative – Gas Fields Commission Queensland (Mr Andrew Musgrave)

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