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Big melon gets pride of place

TOWN PRIDE: Chinchilla artist Dion Cross with his melon masterpiece which will be installed on Heeney St.
TOWN PRIDE: Chinchilla artist Dion Cross with his melon masterpiece which will be installed on Heeney St. Alana Calvert

CHINCHILLA's newest tourist attraction is now just days away, with the big watermelon scheduled to be installed next week.

The sculpture, which won the people's choice award for favourite piece of art at this year's melon festival, is set to be placed in front of the council building on Heeney St.

The melon was purchased by the Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry (CCCI) with funds from Yancoal.

Manager of CCCI, Robyn Haig, said the purchase of the big melon, was a result of the communities want for a tourist attraction.

"There has been a long-term discussion about having a giant watermelon in Chinchilla,” Ms Haig said.

"The melon was made by a local sculptor (Dion Cross), who won best sculpture at the melon festival.

"There was a social media call from the public to put it on display.

"The CCCI seized the opportunity to purchase this popular piece of art to put on display for the public and visitors to enjoy.”

A large hole has been dug for the new attraction, with council finalising the planning and logistics of installing the sculpture.


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