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Bigger projects at the Big Rig for 2019

The Bigger Big Rig and Tree Walk Project will begin in June 2019 and construction will follow in 2020.

The Bigger Big Rig Project will construct an observation tower that will feature highlights of Outback Queensland while visitors travel to its top. Also included is a Tree Walk Project which will include a 150 metre tree walk beginning at The Big (Emsco) Rig and across the existing Oil Patch Museum into the native vegetation along the Bungil Creek, linking to the culturally significant Adungadoo Pathway.

Councillor Puddy Chandler, Portfolio Chair for Tourism said the Bigger Big Rig and Tree Walk Project will help make Roma and the Maranoa the starting point for all stunning Outback Queensland experiences.

“The project will benefit the entire Maranoa, boosting tourism and generating jobs for local residents,” Cr Chandler said.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said today’s announcement was a win for Queensland’s growing outback tourism sector.

“We’re committed to partnering with local councils to deliver projects like this in the outback because we know how important tourism is when it comes to supporting outback communities during tough times,” she said.

“This is what the Premier’s ‘Year of Outback Tourism’ initiative is all about.

“The Palaszczuk Government is investing more in infrastructure and marketing for tourism in the outback than any government in Queensland’s history.

“We’ll continue to work with councils and operators to grow the tourism industry in outback Queensland.”

It is expected that the new Bigger Big Rig and Tree Walk will increase visitation to The Big Rig and Roma Visitor Information Centre by over 50% once the construction is complete. This growth will directly generate ongoing jobs and it is estimated that it will result in approximately $3.3m being injected in the Maranoa economy through visitors’ overnight expenditure.

Maranoa Regional Council has received $1.23m in funding through the Queensland Government’s Outback Tourism Infrastructure Fund.