Campaign to make Kingaroy big peanut a reality

A SOCIAL media campaign is hoping Kingaroy can join the likes of towns across Australia with its own big thing - the big peanut.

The Facebook page titled Kingaroy needs a Big Peanut started just two days ago and has already gained more than 400 followers.

South Burnett mayor Keith Campbell said he supported the big peanut proposal.

"If a committee was to take ownership, and develop it as a town attraction, council would be willing to listen to a proposal,” Cr Campbell said.

"There would obviously be planning and approval involved.

"We'd encourage the project to go through a fully developed business case and that there is a plan of how it will be used when it's constructed. "

Cr Campbell said Kingaroy was most famous for its peanuts and anything to continue to promote the brand was welcome.

As for positioning, Cr Campbell said the park next to the Peanut Van, on Kingaroy St, would be a prime spot for the attraction.

It's also not the first time the idea has been brought up.

A campaign started 30 years ago but never came together.

"It's also been mentioned casually as well as a restoration of the peanut festival,” he said.

"Tourism is one of those industries that presents a great opportunity to add a larger profile to the region.”

Cr Campbell said the it would have to be a dedicated non-for-profit organisation to get the a peanut in Kingaroy and the council would welcome the project with open arms.

Other big things:

The Big Banana - Coffs Harbour

The Big Golden Guitar - Tamworth

The Big Pineapple - Woombye

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