New sign pays tribute to Roma floods

HISTORY: Treasurer of the RTA and owner of Roma Motel Paul Schutt and president of the RTA and owner of the Roma Central Motel Ray Howsen with the new sign to recognise the major floods in Roma.
HISTORY: Treasurer of the RTA and owner of Roma Motel Paul Schutt and president of the RTA and owner of the Roma Central Motel Ray Howsen with the new sign to recognise the major floods in Roma. Sarah Dionysius

A NEW sign welcoming visitors to Roma's Big Rig has been erected as a reminder of the major floods in town.

Treasurer of the Roma Tourism Association (RTA) and owner of Roma Motel Paul Schutt came up with the idea as a way to inform visitors to the town of their history and the impact it had on the town.

"At the motel I get a lot of visitors and they don't realise the extent of the floods that we had in Roma,” he said.

"So then I tell them about the fish that I had swimming in the pool and they are gobsmacked.

"I just thought 'why not do a flood display?' and then people can realise what actually happened.”

The sign shows photos mainly from the floods in 2010 and contains information about their impact and the water levels from the past years.

"Another question I get asked is 'where's the river?',” Mr Schutt said.

"They don't realise that little creek could cause so much damage.

"It's just to make people aware when they come to visit Roma.”

Although the floods, particularly the 2012 flood, had a devastating impact on the town, the RTA believe it to be an important part of Roma's history and one that should be on display for visitors to see.

"We are eventually going to put a mark at the bottom of the sign where the actual water height came up to in the 2012 floods,” he said.

"This will help give some perspective.”

The sign has been erected on the wall at the main entrance to the Big Rig and is in full view for anyone visiting the tourist attraction.

The sign was developed and paid for by the Roma Tourism Association and was created and installed by Signasaurus.

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