A dinosaur model at Winton. The mayor of Roma wants a similar tourist attraction.
A dinosaur model at Winton. The mayor of Roma wants a similar tourist attraction. Erle Levey

Darling Downs to get its very own Jurassic Park

DINOSAURS are making a comeback with a Darling Downs town proposing to build its very own Jurassic Park.

Maranoa Regional Council looking at the possibility of bringing life-size, 3D-printed models of two locally discovered dinosaurs to Roma as part of a tourism push.

The long-necked sauropod Rhoetosaurus and the armoured herbivore Minmi were both discovered in the Maranoa.

Mayor Robert Loughnan has been discussing with the Queensland Museum about bringing them to  Roma.

"The thought process is to have a look at it, get a cost on it and see what can be done," Cr Loughnan said.

"I was mainly thinking of what they've done in the south-west like in Eromanga.

"It might attract more people to here and get people to spend a few days."

The Rhoetosaurus grew to 15m in length.

Cr Loughnan said aside from being a great tourist attraction, it would help locals understand our rich prehistoric heritage and improve the region's scientific profile.

"It's good for our own people, too, to understand we do have this bit of heritage," he said.

"If we don't start recording this information, we're going to lose it."


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