05/06/14

Maranoa Regional Council’s Big Rig Oil and Gas Interpretative Centre in Roma will soon see exciting changes with a master plan and enhancement project endorsed at the 14 May General Meeting.

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As one of the region’s premier tourist attractions, the facility has been ear-marked for an upgrade to ensure its relevance for visitors and locals alike. Councillor Ree Price Portfolio Chair for Tourism said since it opened 12 years ago, the regions gas sector has changed considerably. “The Big Rig is a key part of tourism in the Maranoa and it is imperative to modernise the facility for it to continue to attract visitors.” Cr Price said. “As CSG technologies change we are constantly on the look out for ways to refresh oil and gas education in our region and the Big Rig is a great tool for that. This enhancement plan will be vital in ensuring the centre is relevant and usable for our local community and visitors alike.”

Councillor Wendy Newman Portfolio Chair for Facilities said the plan to upgrade this major tourist attraction and Council asset was a result of community consultation. “This bold plan was developed through extensive community consultation with residents and key stakeholders. Council staff worked hard to facilitate this process and I congratulate all involved.”

With works to begin within the coming months, the facility will see a number of changes. Some of these changes include:

  • The Night Show reinvigoration – maintenance and improved seating
  • NOGI Building restoration – to use as a meeting/training room
  • Oil Patch Exhibit update – technological upgrade and installation of the latest educational information to reflect CSG industry developments

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