Now you know we love big things, prawns, bananas, pineapples, beer bottles, but we do them so badly. Out here we just keep propagating the myth, creating the tacky and the desperate . . . sorry country Queensland but you've hit a new low with this one:
Govts will spend $200,000 on a meat ant tourist attraction for Augathella. (Murweh Shire Council) Where the fuck that is I don't know,
A small town in south-west Queensland will build a 'big meat ant' statue in an effort to attract more tourists.
Augathella is known as the 'home of the meat ants' and it is planning to initially spend $200,000 on a meat ant tourist attraction and gardens.
The local council and the State Government have each contributed $100,000 towards the project.
Murweh Shire councillor Cecil Russell says it is hoped local Indigenous groups will also have input into the project.
"We hope to have this big meat ant in the park," he said.
"We've engaged an architect to look at it and he is going to come up with some ideas. We really don't know at this stage whether it will be steel, or fibreglass or what it'll be.
"One of the things we'd like to do is see if we could light it at night-time, maybe with solar lights, just so there's a big sculpture there outlined with the lights."
Cr Russell says the statue and gardens could help attract more tourists.
"If you can stop tourists for a short time in these little communities, I guess it's all you can hope you can do," he said.
"We're not a big community, we are part of the Murweh Shire and they've got their Cosmos Centre running very well at Charleville.
"If we can create another tourist arm off that just to keep the tourists in our shire a bit longer then we must benefit from it financially.
I know these ants and yes we have loads on the property. They're no big deal, they don't bite but I never knew they were called 'meat ants'. Apparently they may be the new natural predator of the Cane Toad . . brought here years ago to eradicate bugs in sugar cane and now an introduced menace . .so go you little meatysauruses . . . so unplug the duke box and grab yourself a cane toad!
Sorry shitty visuals but I did actually buy this album. . hey it was during my yummy mummy need a little excitement period . . .have a 'meaty' weekend!